The National Insurance Crime Bureau, a nonprofit fighting insurance fraud and vehicle theft, released on Wednesday its annual Hot Wheels report of the top 10 stolen vehicles in 2016 from vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center. Although thefts have fallen since reaching a high in 1992 with the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, they rose in 2015 and 2016, according to a news release.
"The increase in vehicle thefts over the past two years should be a reminder that drivers must do their part to protect their vehicles," NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said in a statement. "Anti-theft systems in newer model cars and trucks are excellent, but they don't work if you don't use them. Far too many thefts occur because the vehicle is left unlocked and the key or fob is inside. Taking the time to lock it up every time you leave it can save a whole lot of headache and expense in the long run."
The bureau also released a list of the top 25 2016 model-year thefts. Toyota Motor Corp.'s (TM - Get Report) Camry topped the list with 1,113 thefts followed by the Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (NSANY) Altima and the Toyota Corolla.
Read on for the top 10 stolen vehicles in 2016.
There were 50,427 reports of stolen Honda Accords in 2016. The most stolen model year was 1997, accounting for 7,527 of the thefts. With updated technology, however, newer Accords have had fewer instances of theft. The 2016 model year was the 16th most stolen vehicle with 493 reported instances.
There were 49,547 reports of stolen Honda Civics last year. Of those, 7,578 were from 1998. The 2016 Honda Civic, however, was not among the most stolen of its contemporaries.
Full-size Ford Motor Co. (F - Get Report) pickup trucks reportedly went missing in 32,721 instances. The trucks in 2006 accounted for 2,986 of those. Pickups from 2016 were the ninth most stolen vehicles from that year at 738 reports.
There were 31,238 total thefts of full-sized Chevrolet pickups from General Motors Co. (GM - Get Report) in 2016. Trucks from 2004 were the most popular, accounting for 2,107 instances. Chevy pickups from 2016, however, were not among the top 25 stolen of its contemporaries.
Toyota Camrys accounted for 16,732 total vehicle thefts last year. Its 2016 model year were the most reportedly stolen vehicles of its contemporaries and of any other Camry model year. There were 1,113 reported 2016 Camrys stolen.
There were 12,221 reported thefts of Nissan Altimas last year. The 2015 Altima accounted for 1,673 of those. The Altima was also the second vehicle most reportedly stolen of 2016 models.
There were 12,128 reported thefts of full-size Dodge pickups from Fiat Chrysler Au. Rg. FCAU in 2016. There were 1,288 disappearances of 2001 trucks. The 2016 model-year pickups were not among the top 25 most stolen for that year.
There were 11,989 reported disappearances of Toyota Corolla vehicles last year. The 2015 model year accounted for 1,070 of those. Last year's Corolla was also the third most stolen of 2016 models with 982 reported thefts.
In 2016, 9,749 Chevy's Impala were reported stolen. Of those, 1,013 were from 2008. With 604 reports of theft, the 2016 Impala was also the 13th most stolen vehicle of that year's makes.
Jeep's Cherokees accounted for 9,245 of automotive thefts in 2016. Of those, 898 were from 2000, the most stolen model year. The 2016 Jeeps, however, were not on the top 25 list of 2016 vehicles stolen.