Quick, pick the most stolen vehicle in Florida in 2015:
A. 2015 Nissan Altima
B. 1996 Honda Accord
C. 2006 Ford Pickup
D. 1998 Honda Civic
If you said the 1996 Honda Accord, you’re right… as far as the most commonly stolen in the country in 2015 as a whole.
But you’re wrong about the most stolen overall in Florida. It’s the 2006 Ford Pickup (full size), which also ranks No. 3 nationally.
The most stolen vehicle in the United States is a 1996 Honda Accord, followed by the 1998 Civic, continuing a trend of older vehicles leading the list, according to National Insurance Crime Bureau. The nonprofit group based in Des Plaines, Ill. tracks insurance fraud and theft.
But newer cars like the 2014 Toyota Corolla and 2015 Altima are showing up too.
“While older vehicles still dominate our Hot Wheels most stolen list, the number of late model vehicles with anti-theft protection on the list goes to show that technology isn’t foolproof,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Criminals are doing their best to defeat anti-theft technology through hacking and other means while, at the same time, manufacturers and others are working to improve security.”
Wehrle continued, “Far too often, drivers leave their vehicles unlocked or with the keys inside, making it way too easy for an opportunistic thief. And as we noted recently, many stolen cars are not reported as typical thefts to police because many of today’s thefts are financial crimes involving complicated VIN switching, cloning, straw buyers, illegal exports and other sophisticated criminal methods.”
Most stolen in Florida, 2015
Rank, vehicle, model year, number stolen
|1||Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)||2006||2,070|
|7||Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)||2015||786|
|9||Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)||2005||534|
Source: Palm Beach Post