The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord remained the most popular targets of car thieves in 2000 as auto theft in the United States rose for the first time in a decade, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The list of most-stolen vehicles contains a mix of passenger cars and sport/utility vehicles. Six of the 10 vehicles are from U.S. automakers, although the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord occupy the top two spots. They were followed by the Oldsmobile Cutlass, Honda Civic, Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet full size C/K pickup, Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Taurus, and Ford F150 pickup. The F150 reappeared on the list this year after dropping off the 1999. The pickup replaces the Chevrolet Cavalier, which was the 10th most-stolen car in 1999. The study also showed differences in the vehicles targeted by thieves in different metropolitan areas. American cars were more attractive to thieves in cities such as Chicago, while pickups were more frequently stolen in Dallas. In the Los Angeles area, thieves preferred Japanese models, the NICB said. Auto thefts nationwide increased 1.2 percent from 1999 to 2000. That’s after the number of vehicles reported stolen nationwide in 1999 was 8 percent less than in 1998 – and the lowest number since 1985. There were 1,165,559 auto thefts in 2000, compared to 1,152,057 in 1999, the NICB said, citing statistics gathered by the FBI.

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