Pickup trucks are stolen so often, it’s an automotive epidemic.
At least that’s the one-word description of the data compiled by the National Crime Insurance Bureau (NCIB) in Des Plaines, Illinois.
The Ford F-150 pickup was the third most stolen vehicle in the United States in the past five years.
Via statistics through 2018, the Chevrolet Silverado was the fourth most stolen vehicle during the past five years.
Pickup truck dilemma: lots stolen
According to the NCIB, the reason older Ford F-Series and GM trucks are stolen at such a high rate is because in 2007 most vehicles began having anti-theft systems installed.
Older pickup trucks are also more targeted because they can easily be dismantled and have parts sometimes not easy to find as replacements. As such, tailgates and wheels are commonly stolen because of their high value on the black market.
Police departments nationally reported 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2018, down three percent from 2017.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration detailed vehicle theft cost an estimated $6 million a year.
Here are the top-10 most stolen vehicles in the United States in 2018, with model year and number stolen:
Honda Civic (2000) – 38,426
Honda Accord (1997) – 36,815
Ford F-Series Pickup (2006) – 36,355
Chevrolet Silverado Pickup – 31,566
Toyota Camry (2017) – 16,906
Nissan Altima (2017) – 13,284
Toyota Corolla (2017) – 12,388
GMC Sierra Pickup (2018) – 11,708
Dodge/Ram Pickup (2001) – 11,226
Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (2000) – 9,818
Article Last Updated: July 13, 2020.
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