Are your car doors locked? Do you know where your car keys or fob are? The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released their Hot Wheels report this week, which finds the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The annual report looks at data submitted by law enforcement to determine the most popular vehicle make, model and year that car thieves love most. 

There were 748,841 vehicle thefts reported in 2018. Although thefts are down 3% compared to the previous year, thieves are still stealing cars to be broken down and sold for their expensive parts. Be sure your auto insurance coverage protects you in case of a theft.

So which model vehicles made the NICB’s top 10 most stolen list this year? 

1. Honda Civic

Number of thefts: 38,426

Model year most stolen: 2000

2. Honda Accord

Number of thefts: 36,815

Model year most stolen: 1997

3. Ford Pickup (full size)

Number of thefts: 36,355

Model year most stolen: 2006

4. Chevrolet Pickup (full size)

Number of thefts: 31,566

Model year most stolen: 2004

5. Toyota Camry

Number of thefts: 16,906

Model year most stolen: 2017

6. Nissan Altima

Number of thefts: 13,284

Model year most stolen: 2017

7. Toyota Corolla

Number of thefts: 12,388

Model year most stolen: 2017

8. GMC Pickup (full size)

Number of thefts: 11,708

Model year most stolen: 2018

9. Dodge Pickup (full size)

Number of thefts: 11,226

Model year most stolen: 2001

10. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

Number of thefts: 9,818

Model year most stolen: 2000

The full-size GMC pickup is the most stolen 2018 model year vehicle
2018 full size GMC pickup truck

Full-size pickups get picked up

The NICB also reports on the top 2018 model year vehicles that were most stolen.

Rank

Make/Model

Total Thefts

1

GMC Pickup (full size)

1,170

2

Ford Pickup (full size)

1,017

3

Toyota Camry

  976

4

Nissan Altima

  912

5

Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

  790

6

Hyundai Elantra

  775

7

Ford Transit

  723

8

Dodge Charger

  719

9

Toyota Corolla

  699

10

Chevrolet Malibu

  698

Top 10 states with the most vehicles stolen

It’s not a huge surprise that the state with the largest population also takes the top spot for having the most vehicle thefts: California.

Rank

State

Number of stolen vehicles

1

California

155,211

2

Texas

69,817

3

Florida

41,165

4

Washington

27,677

5

Georgia

24,760

6

Colorado

21,673

7

Tennessee

20,439

8

Ohio

19,909

9

Missouri

19,815

10

Illinois

19,593

If your car is stolen, call the police right away to file a stolen vehicle report. You’ll want to give them your car’s make, model, year, license plate number and any other descriptive information that could be useful.  

Once you’ve filed a police report, you’ll need to contact your auto insurance company to submit a claim. Even if you’re not sure whether your insurance coverage includes theft, it’s a good idea to notify them anyway. If you need a rental car, you can work with your auto insurer on this as well.