The Hot Wheels annual report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or NICB, on vehicle theft in the United States shows a worrying picture with an 11 percent increase in the incidence of this crime during the first year of the pandemic. According to the report, in the United States a vehicle was stolen every 36 seconds during 2020.
According to the NICB report, the COVID-19 pandemic played a major role in the increase in vehicle thefts nationwide. The business closures necessary to contain the advance of the coronavirus and the economic difficulties caused by the resulting economic recession contributed to the increase, but Hot Wheels also points to a growing lack of care from drivers, who left their vehicles unlocking or even with Keys in the ignition also contributed to the increase in thefts.
“For many people, the car represents the second largest investment they will make in their lives behind their home,” explained David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB, who advised the public that “regardless of the type of vehicle they have, take the necessary measures to protect your investment: lock the car and take the key with you ”.
The list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States during 2020 It is made up of six Japanese brand sedans, three large domestic pickups and a compact crossover of Japanese origin.
These were the 10 most stolen models in the United States during 2020 according to the NICB.
Stellantis’ full-size pickup recorded 11,991 thefts during 2020, which represents an increase of 6.2 percent over the number of 2019. The most popular Ram among lovers of other things was the one from 2001.
In 2020, car thieves in the United States seized 12,309 units of Honda’s popular compact crossover, making it not only the most stolen crossover in the country, but also the only one to make this list. The favorite model of thieves was 2000, while the increase in thefts of CR-Vs in relation to 2019 was 21.9 percent, well above the general increase nationwide.
The popular Toyota compact, one of the favorite models of Latino buyers in the United States, is also a favorite of car thieves in this country, with 12,515 units stolen in 2020. Thieves prefer their new Corollas, since the most stolen model was 2020. Toyota Corolla thefts increased by 3.1 percent over 2019 figures.
GMC’s large pickup was the victim of a total of 13,016 thefts during 2020, representing a 16.6 percent increase in crimes against this vehicle. The most popular model among thieves in the United States was 2005.
Nissan’s midsize family sedan, one of the best-selling in America, is also one of the most stolen with a total of 14,668 units. As in the case of the Toyota Corolla, the most stolen model was 2020, while the increase in thefts of the Altima compared to 2019 was 9.8 percent.
A total of 16,915 units of Toyota’s immensely popular family sedan fell victim to car thefts in 2020, representing an 8 percent increase in car thefts over 2019. The most stolen Camries were from 2019 .
Almost doubling the number of units of its archrival the Toyota Camry, Honda’s family sedan suffered a total of 30,814 thefts in 2020, but unlike the Camry, whose 2020 model was the most popular among thieves, the most stolen Accord corresponded to 1997, despite his 24 years of age. With 0.2 percent more Accord thefts in 2020 than in 2019, the increase in theft for this model was the smallest on the list.
Third on the list is held by the popular Honda compact that is a favorite among tuners and housewives alike. Civic owners suffered 34,144 thefts in 2020, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2019, with the 2000 model leading the way in stolen Civics.
Chevrolet’s large pickup placed second on the list with a whopping 25.7 percent jump in the number of thefts with a total of 40,968 units taken without permission. The most popular Chevrolet Silverado model was 2004.
Ford’s family of large pickups was not only the best-selling vehicle in America in 2020, but also the most stolen for the second year in a row with 44,014 units. This represents nearly four times more F-Series pickup thefts than the Ram pickup, which is the third-best-selling pickup in the country and No. 10 on this list. The number of F-Series pickup thefts in 2020 increased by 13.0 percent over 2019, with the 2006 model leading the way in thief preferences.