Close to one million vehicles are stolen in the United States each year. That's a massive number, we are sure you would agree. Figures posted back in 2012 show this to be an average of 229 vehicles stolen for every 100,000 inhabitants of the country. Incredible.
Not only does auto theft impact people's lives but it also has an effect on the economy. Estimates put the value of the vehicles stolen at $5.9 billion in 2016, with the average dollar loss per vehicle at a little over $7,000. Luckily, effective police work is seeking to drop in vehicle theft rates which had peaked in 1991 with over 1.6 million cars stolen in that year!
Interestingly enough, in 2017 the metropolitan area with the most thefts was Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Anchorage, Alaska, and Pueblo, Colorado, rounding out the top three.
Car thieves who commit grand theft auto do like particular brands, with sedans, luxury vehicles and pickups often in the firing line. Owning one of these types of vehicles certainly puts you at greater risk!
In this quiz, we are going to see if you can identify those vehicles that thieves seem to target. A screenshot is all you have to base your choice on.
Pickups are a popular car choice for many Americans… and for car thieves as well. The Silverado from Chevrolet is a much-wanted vehicle for those who operate on the wrong side of the law.
Unfortunately, BMWs have a reputation for being easy to steal. Theives use gadgets to access keyless models.
The Mercedes-Benz C Class is a beautiful and desirable vehicle. Unfortunately, a key cloning device can be used to drive it away.
Chevrolet models of all kinds are stolen every day in America. The Cruze has became a favorite of those operating on the wrong side of the law.
It’s not just American pickups that car thieves love. The Tacoma from Toyota is also a popular target.
With a Transit, you can do almost anything. That makes it a target for thieves and in 2016, the newest release of Ford’s legendary van was in the crosshairs.
Both the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee are targeted by car thieves. The year 2000 versions of both these vehicles are regularly stolen and they were one of the most stolen cars in the United States in 2016.
Ford pickups don’t come more iconic than the F-250 series. Sadly, it is regularly stolen throughout the United States.
In 2016, as with earlier years, the Honda Civic proved a popular target for car thieves, with the 1998 model a particular favorite.
The Infiniti G Series is on the list of the most stolen luxury cars in the United States. The line has been rebranded with a Q.
Chrysler models aren’t that popular for car thieves - except the 200, that is. In the last few years, the 200 has made it onto top 10 stolen lists across America.
This sedan from Honda is a popular target for car thieves. In fact, in 2010, the 5th generation model was the most stolen car in America.
American’s love muscle cars, so do car thieves! The 2016 Dodge Charger was often a target in the same year of its release.
This sedan from Ford immediately became a target for car thieves on its release in 2016.
Chevrolet models of all kinds are stolen every day in America. The Malibu has became a favorite of those operating on the wrong side of the law.
This large sedan from Nissan is a target for car thieves across America. It was the tenth most stolen vehicle in 2014.
The Corolla is popular as a sedan model in the United States and for car thieves as well. The 2015 version was one of the most stolen vehicles in the United States in 2016.
Another popular pickup, another target for car thieves. It was the seventh most stolen 2016 model in 2016.
Like its stablemate, the Sonata, the Hyundai Elantra has become a car thief staple in the United States. Both 2016 cars were frequently stolen in 2016.
Luxury cars are certainly not immune to car thieves. And Mercedes is a popular target, especially the S Class
Chevrolet models of all kinds are stolen every day in America. The Impala is a favorite of those operating on the wrong side of the law.
Nissan’s Alitma sedan quickly became a target for car thieves in 2016. Don't leave your vehicle unlocked!
Ford pickups don’t come more iconic than the F150 series. In 2010, the 1997 Ford F150 was regularly stolen throughout the United States, so much so that it was the fifth most stolen car in the country.
An extremely popular vehicle now and in the past, the Honda Civic sells by the bucketful in the United States. It is also a popular target for thieves, and not only new models. In 2010, the second most stolen car in the United States was the 5th generation of this car.
As with pickups, car thieves also love targeting minivans, with the Dodge Caravan a particular favorite. The 2000 Caravan was one of the ost stolen vehicles in 2010.
Before the brand went belly-up, vehicles from Saturn were often targeted and stolen. The 1994 SL was the 9th most stolen car in 2006.
The BMW 3 Series is available in many models, appealing to a variety of thieves. This series is BMW's best-selling.
Another pickup, another popular target for thieves. The Dodge Ram is often targeted by auto thieves - especially the 2004 version.
In 2016, the Honda Accord was the most stolen car, according tho the NICB. Over the years, the 1994 model a particular favorite among thieves.
The Lexus IS has been a favorite of car thieves across America. It was originally marketed in Japan as the Toyota Altezza.
A popular sedan from Toyota all around the world, the 2016 version of the Toyota Camry was often targeted in its release year.
In 2010, the 1999 Ford Taurus made the top 10 list for the most stolen cars in the United States. Not bad for a ten-year-old car, right?
This Japanese luxury brand’s TSX model is a popular car to be stolen in the United States. The TSX was discontinued in 2014.
Even older cars are not immune from being stolen. The Oldsmobile Cutlass from 1986, although 17 years old at the time, was a popular car to steal in 2003. It made the top 10 list of the most stolen cars.
The Cadillac CTS placed fifth on the list of the most stolen luxury cars in the United States in 2013.
Another pickup, another popular target for thieves. The 2004 Dodge Ram is often targeted by auto thieves and in 2010, made the top 10 list for most stolen cars in American.
Luxury cars are always in the sights of would-be car thieves. In 2010, they particularly took a liking to the 1994 version of the Acura Integra.
Large cars make massive targets for car thieves. The Ford Explorer is certainly no exception.
The Lincoln MKZ is a target for thieves. It's also known as a Zephyr.
Ford pickups don’t come more iconic than the F-150 series. The 2006 Ford F-150 was regularly stolen throughout the United States, especially in 2012.