Car thieves either don’t have much imagination or they don’t have much to choose from when selecting which vehicles to boost. A look at the most-stolen cars in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia shows surprisingly little variety in terms of cars being swiped.
According to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Honda Accords, Honda Civics, and full-size Chevy Pickups were the three most stolen types of vehicles nationwide.
Looking at the most-stolen vehicles on a state-by-state basis, the Accord and Chevy Pickup were the favorites among car boosters in about 2/3 of states. The Accord swept the Pacific coast in the lower 48, and most of the states along the Atlantic seaboard.
While the Civic might have been the #2 most-stolen car overall, it only topped the lists in three states (Delaware, Hawaii, New York), the same number of states dominated by Dodge Caravan thefts (Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin). Actually, the Caravan gets a bonus point for also being the most stolen vehicle in D.C.
Full-sized Ford pickups were the most popular among car thieves in eight states (Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming).
Then there were the three states who didn’t fit into the mold of the other states. The most-stolen vehicles in these states didn’t even make the top 10 nationwide.
Car thieves in Michigan appear to have a preference for Chevy; more precisely, they loved the 2004 Chevy Impala. Meanwhile, Rhode Island thieves really had a taste for Nissan Maximas… from 1997. And true to Vermont’s image of durable station wagons, the Subaru Legacy (model year 2001) was the most-stolen car in the Green Mountain State.