Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2008

Hot Wheels 2009, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) companion study to its popularĀ Hot Spots auto theft report, examines data reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2008.

Certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of the value of their parts. Frequently, the parts can be stripped from a car at a chop shop and sold for at least twice as much as the value of the vehicle on the used car market. Newer models are also more difficult, but not impossible to steal thanks to anti-theft technology incorporated by the manufacturers. In addition, popular cars are often stolen more simply because their are more of them.

Although the final numbers have not yet been released, the preliminary 2008 FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) shows that vehicle theft is on pace to record a decrease of 13.1 percent from 2007 numbers. That would make 2008 the fifth consecutive year of declining vehicle thefts. Moreover, if the preliminary figures hold total thefts for 2008 would be below 1 million vehicles–the lowest annual total in over 20 years.

For 2008, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

1. 1994 Honda Accord

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2. 1995 Honda Civic

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3. 1989 Toyota Camry

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4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup

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5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup

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6. 2000 Dodge Caravan

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7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

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8. 1994 Acura Integra

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9. 1999 Ford Taurus

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10. 2002 Ford Explorer

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To protect their investment, vehicle owners are urged to follow NICB’s “layered approach” to auto theft prevention by employing simple, low-cost suggestions to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves.

NICB’s four layers of protection are:

Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.

Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.

Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your car won’t start, it won’t get stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices which are extremely effective.

Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

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9 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2008

  1. Denver
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    Why would anybody steal a Ford Exploder?

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    1. Trent
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      For parts.

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      1. Allan
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        Gorgouss it’s simple the same dream of all my Family!!! Maybach is super .but eslape if yuo have more infornmation concerning to AMG electric .Wow World need’s to know about that next year Ford gonna sold the focus electric But MERCEDES BENZ is a Jewel who loves forever!!! Thanks Valo Osuna

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  2. Mark
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    I would have thought the biggest theft was that of GM by the UAW and Mr. Obama. Surely that should skew the numbers.

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    1. Judy
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      How so? GM sold itself to the government. It wasn’t stolen.

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      1. Irham
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        yea I agree woth the other person totyoa’s are better quailty they last forever and most of the time you don’t have to worry about them breaking down. Then reason I say most of the time is cause there is a change of anything breaking down.

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