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Newer Toyota, Nissan Models Among Most Stolen

August 03, 2016

Photo of 2015 Altima courtesy of Nissan.
Photo of 2015 Altima courtesy of Nissan.

Two 2014 Toyota cars — the Camry and Corolla — and the 2015 Nissan Altima made a list of the most frequently stolen vehicles during 2015 and four General Motors models were among the most stolen 2015 models, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The bureau's annual Hot Wheels report covers all stolen vehicles reported by law enforcement agencies, including those that are not insured.

The 1996 Honda Accord earned the top position on the list of stolen models in 2015 with 52,244 vehicles reported stolen. It was followed by the 1998 Honda Civic (49,430), 2006 Ford F-Series pickup (29,396), 2004 Chevrolet Silverado (27,771), 2014 Camry (15,466), 2001 Dodge pickup (11,212), 2014 Corolla (10,547), 2015 Altima (10,374), 2002 Dodge Caravan (9,798), and 2008 Chevrolet Impala (9,225).

"While older vehicles still dominate our Hot Wheels most stolen list, the number of late model vehicles with anti-theft protection on the list goes to show that technology isn’t foolproof," said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and CEO. "Criminals are doing their best to defeat anti-theft technology through hacking and other means while, at the same time, manufacturers and others are working to improve security."

The Altima was also the most stolen 2015 model. It was followed by the Chrysler 200, Camry, Corolla, GMC Sierra, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Impala, and Chevrolet Cruze.

Nissan significantly refreshed the Altima for the 2016 model year. Toyota refreshed the Camry for the 2015 model year and the Corolla for the 2014 model year.

The NICB attributes many of the thefts to inattentive drivers who leave their vehicles unlocked. In addition, some thefts go unreported as typical auto thefts because they're involved in more sophisticated crimes, the bureau said.

"Many stolen cars are not reported as typical thefts to police because many of today's thefts are financial crimes involving complicated VIN switching, cloning, straw buyers, illegal exports and other sophisticated criminal methods," Wehrle said.

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