What types of cars are most likely to be stolen in California?

Worried about your car being stolen in California?

These are the 10 most stolen car types statewide in 2021, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report published in July.

  1. Chevrolet Pickup (full size)

  2. Honda Civic

  3. Ford Pickup (full size)

  4. honda accord

  5. GMC Pickup (full size)

  6. Honda CR-V

  7. toyota camry

  8. Toyota Corolla

  9. tahoe chevrolet

  10. Kia Motors Corporation Optima

More specific California Highway Patrol statewide data says Honda Civics and Honda Accords made between 1992 and 2000 have the highest theft rates in California in 2021.

The NICB says these were the most commonly stolen vehicles in the US in 2021:

  1. Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
  2. Ford Pickup (full size)
  3. Honda Civic
  4. honda accord
  5. toyota camry
  6. GMC Pickup (full size)
  7. nissan altima
  8. Honda CR-V
  9. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  10. Toyota Corolla

According to the bureau, these annual lists are constructed from data from the National Crime Information Center. Law enforcement agencies submit information to the National Crime Information Center about the make, model, and year of the vehicle, which the NICB then uses to create its “most stolen” lists.

here are some CHP anti-theft tips and American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators:

  1. Always lock your vehicle.
  2. Always use anti-theft devices as a preventive measure. The NCIB recommends looking into remote vehicle immobilizers or GPS tracking device in case you fall victim.
  3. Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area at night.
  4. Always make sure you get a certificate of ownership when buying a used vehicle. Search the vehicle history to avoid buying a stolen vehicle.
  5. Never leave your keys in your vehicle.
  6. Never hide a spare ignition key in the vehicle. Stay away from magnetic key cases that can stick to the bottom of your car.

You can find more detailed information at stolen vehicles by county on the CHP website.

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Vivienne Aguilar is an intern on the service journalism team. She is a 2022 graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay. She previously worked at the Lodi News Sentinel and was editor-in-chief of Delta Collegian.

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