Vehicle theft skyrocketed in the United States in 2020, with 880,000 vehicles stolen i.e which works out to be one in every 30 seconds.
The most stolen vehicles in 2020 are 1998 Honda Civic, 1997 Honda Accord, 2006 Ford F-150, 2004 Chevy Silverado, and 2017 Toyota Camry.
Others are 2017 Nissan Altima, 2016 Toyota Corolla, 2001 Dodge Ram, 2017 GMC Sierra and 2008 Chevrolet Impala.
An estimate from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says that over 880,000 vehicles were stolen in the United States in the year 2020.
This analysis, which works out to one vehicle stolen in every 30 seconds, shows auto theft took a dramatic leap upward in 2020 compared to 2019, reversing two years of auto theft declines.
According to the study, there were 873,080 auto thefts in 2020, a 9.2 percent increase over 2019 which had 799,644 thefts, which was a boost of more than 73,000 thefts.
“Preliminary reports indicate a sharp increase in automobile thefts for 2020,” said NICB President and CEO David Glawe.
“All indications are 2020 will be the largest theft year in the past decade by a significant margin.”
Overall, the yearly increase was 9.2 percent, however each month from June through December showed double digit gains.
“Based on the preliminary nature of the data, the cause of this increase will require a thorough intelligence assessment,” said Glawe.
“Considerations such as the pandemic, economic downturn, loss of juvenile outreach programs and public safety budgetary and resource limitations are likely contributing factors.
Thieves exploit opportunities and may look for vehicles parked in the same location or citizens not taking proper measures to secure their vehicles.”
Investigators in the recent New York City car-theft ring bust placed a portion of the blame on the
In addition to the ongoing public health crisis, the alarming trend was contributed by rise in counterfeit vehicle software from black market online dealers. The fake software reportedly made it easier to enter a stolen vehicle and drive away without alerting the authorities.
Below are the most stolen vehicles in the United States.
1. 1998 Honda Civic,
2. 1997 Honda Accord,
3. 2006 Ford F-150,
4. 2004 Chevrolet Silverado,
5. 2017 Toyota Camry,
6. 2017 Nissan Altima,
7. 2016 Toyota Corolla,
8. 2001 Dodge Ram,
9. 2017 GMC Sierra,
10. 2008 Chevrolet Impala.