Is Your Vehicle One of the Most Stolen Here in Indiana?
A new survey has come up with the cars and trucks most likely to be stolen here in Indiana. Did your car make the list?
It's something that happens almost every day somewhere in Indiana. You go outside to get into your vehicle, and it's gone. Whether stolen from your home, work, or while you're inside shopping somewhere, auto thefts are common. That being said, is your vehicle more at risk of being stolen than others here in Indiana?
Recently, we reported on how some major insurance companies are denying coverage for folks who drive certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles because they are at higher risk of being stolen. Now, let's look at the latest Hot Wheels report that identifies the top ten most stolen vehicles in the United States from The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). As mentioned in the report:
“Used car values are at historical highs,” said David Glawe, President and CEO of NICB. "We have seen a nearly 35% increase in used car values over the last two years due to supply chain issues and inflation. Stolen cars can be shipped overseas and resold or broken down for valuable used car parts here in the U.S.”
Now, this report was released in July of 2022, so the data is from 2021. The 2022 report has yet to be released. For the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full-size pick-ups took the top two spots. U.S. Full Size Pick-Ups accounted for 14% of Vehicles Reported Stolen in 2021. That's not good for me, because my vehicle falls in that category.
That's just on a national level. What about here in Indiana though?
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Indiana
According to the report from The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), these are the most stolen vehicles in the state of Indiana:
1. 2004 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size) with 785 thefts
2. 1999 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size) with 611 thefts
3. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu with 362 thefts
4. 2008 Chevrolet Impala with 312 thefts
5. 2001 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size) with 219 thefts
6. 2021 Toyota Camry with 214 thefts
7. 2014 Ford Fusion with 213 thefts
8. 2011 Chevrolet Equinox with 212 thefts
9. 2010 Dodge Charger with 203 thefts
10. 2020 Nissan Altima with 199 thefts
So, if you drive any of those vehicles here in Indiana, you might want to make sure that you do your best to keep it locked up to help avoid the possibility of it being stolen.
The NICB recommends vehicle owners follow basic steps to guard against potential theft and becoming a victim:
- Roll up your windows, lock your doors, and take the keys or fob.
- Park in well-lit areas and, when possible, areas staffed by security personnel and further protected by surveillance cameras.
- Remove valuables from your car or keep valuables locked in your trunk or out of sight under a rear deck cover.
- Consider adding an immobilizing or tracking device for your vehicle.