This is the “hot wheels” report.
Auto thefts increased in 2020 over 2019.
The best-selling Ford F-Series is the most stollen.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its annual “Hot Wheels” report detailing the Top 10 most stolen vehicles in the US. According to the release, the 2020 numbers show an increase in thefts over 2019. One fact is unchanged from year to another and that is that the Ford F-Series is #1.
In 2020, 44,014 F-Series’ were stolen, or the equivalent of 5 per hour all of last year. Chevrolet’s full-size truck came in second and showed the highest increase in thefts year-over-year. Japanese brands Honda, Toyota, and Nissan account for six out of 10 of the most stolen vehicles.
“Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn, law enforcement realignment, depleted social and schooling programs, and, in still too many cases, owner complacency,” said David Glawe, president, and CEO of the NICB. “For many people, a car is the second largest investment they will ever make behind a home. No matter what kind of vehicle you have, take steps to protect your investment – lock your car and take your keys.”
Here are 2020’s Top 10 hottest wheels:
Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in 2020
|#||Vehicle Make & Model||Thefts||Increase from 2019||Most Common Model Year Stolen|
|1||Ford Full Size Pick-up||44,014||13.0%||2006|
|2||Chevrolet Full Size Pick-up||40,968||25.7%||2004|
|7||GMC Full Size Pick-up||13,016||16.6%||2005|
|10||Dodge Full Size Pick-up||11,991||6.2%||2001|