NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles (2018 Data)

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released its annual Hot Wheels report, which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2018.

According to the FBI, in 2018, a total of 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States, a 3% decline, and a return to the dominant downward trend we’ve experienced since entering the 21st century.

Included with today’s release is a list of the top 25, 2018 vehicle makes and models that were reported stolen in 2018.

For 2018, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:

Rank Made/Model Model Year Most Stolen/(# Thefts) Total Model Thefts
1 Honda Civic 2000 (5,290) 38,426
2 Honda Accord 1997 (5,029) 36,815
3 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 2006 (3,173) 36,355
4 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 2004 (2,097) 31,566
5 Toyota Camry 2017 (1,144) 16,906
6 Nissan Altima 2017 (1,451) 13,284
7 Toyota Corolla 2017 (1,034) 12,388
8 GMC Pickup (Full Size) 2018 (1,170) 11,708
9 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 2001 (1,155) 11,226
10 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000 (646) 9,818


The following are the top 10 2018 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2018:

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


NICB recommends that drivers follow our four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft:

Common Sense — the common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:

Remove your keys from the ignition
Lock your doors/close your windows
Park in a well-lit area
Warning Device — the second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular devices include:

Audible alarms
Steering column collars
Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
Brake locks
Wheel locks
Theft deterrent decals
Identification markers in or on vehicle
VIN etching
Micro dot marking
Immobilizing Device — the third layer of protection is a device which prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:

Smart keys
Fuse cut-offs
Kill switches
Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers
Wireless ignition authentication
Tracking Device — the final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to police or 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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National Insurance Crime Bureau

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,300 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 92% ($254 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.

Frank Scafidi