Insurance Organization Releases List of Most-Stolen Autos

Man unlocking carAn organization recently came out with its most-stolen vehicle list for 2009, with the 1994 Honda Accord topping the list.

The 1995 Honda Civic came in second, while the 1991 Toyota Camry rounded out the top three.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) Hot Wheels stolen-auto report’s finding are based on information on all vehicle thefts that have been reported to the National Crime Information Center database.

Older cars, the NICB said, may be more popular because of the value of their parts. Since these cars are older, they may lack comprehensive insurance coverage, and, if they are stolen, no claim is filed as a result. This means that other reports similar to the NICB’s may give a skewed picture of the auto-theft landscape because they may reflect only data on insured vehicles.

NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said that, up through August of this year, more than 97,000 vehicles had been stolen and were yet to be recovered.

“Of that number, only 38 percent had some kind of insurance coverage,” Wehrle said. “So there are a lot of vehicles out there that are being stolen and the owner is left holding the bag with no car and no money to buy another one.”

Comprehensive coverage can protect a policyholder financially against theft, as well as against weather damage and vandalism. Motorists who have cars with a high rate of theft and want this type of coverage may want to compare car insurance quotes online in order to find the best price for a policy.

While this policy may help a person who has already been a victim of theft, the NICB recommends ways consumers can avoid having their vehicle stolen in the first place.

One simple step is to make sure a car is locked, which will make it less enticing to criminals. Another preventative measure is to have audible or visual antitheft device, which can bring attention to thieves trying to steal an automobile. Consumers also have access to other products that can actually disable a vehicle by cutting off fuel lines or requiring a special smart key to start it.

Some consumers may be taking this type of advice to heart, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports auto thefts fell 17.1 percent last year. In all, 794,616 vehicles were stolen in 2009.

The full list of the most-stolen vehicles of 2009 can be found on the NICB website.

About Ben Zitney
Benjamin Zitney has been covering the auto insurance industry for the past 2.5 years. Before coming to Online Auto Insurance News, he produced an extensive company history of the 30-year-old California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and worked at the Cal State Long Beach Daily Forty-Niner as a reporter, copy editor and news editor.

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