The NCIB recently compiled car theft data from across the country to determine which vehicles were most frequently stolen in 2019. The F-Series pickup led the way with 38,938 thefts, while the Honda Civic has close behind at 33,220. The Chevy Silverado was third with 32,583 thefts.
It’s not surprising to see the Ford F-Series, Honda Civic and Chevy Silverado at the top of this list. All three are among the best-selling vehicles in America, making them a likely target for thefts due to the sheer abundance of them on the road.
The 2006 Ford F-Series was the most common model year that was targeted by thieves, while the 2000 Honda Civic was the most often stolen for the Japanese compact car. Similarly, the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado was the most frequently targeted model year. It’s also unsurprising to see that early 2000s vehicles are most often targeted, as they have less sophisticated anti-theft technology and can be harder to track and trace.
That said, not all of the most stolen vehicles in 2019 were from older model years. The Toyota Corolla was the seventh most stolen vehicle in America in 2019, with the 2018 model year Corolla being the most frequent target. The GMC Sierra was the ninth most stolen vehicle in America and unlike the Silverado, 2018 was the most common model year that was stolen. A total of 1,101 2018 model year GMC Sierra trucks were stolen in 2019 alone – a surprisingly large number given the truck’s premium status and OnStar anti-theft technology.
The NCIB says car thefts “remain high” in America and recommends that vehicle owners always exercise common sense to protect against car thefts, urging them to lock their doors, roll up their windows and park in well-lit areas. Vehicle owners can also use items like a steering wheel column, wheel locks, audible alarms or even an aftermarket immobilizing device to prevent thefts.