The National Insurance Crime Bureau report is based on the 750,000 vehicles stolen last year, including very popular models that may be in your own driveway.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released its annual report on the makes and models of vehicles most often stolen in the United States. The Hot Wheels report, which covers 2018, also details how many of each were stolen as well as the most stolen makes and models per state. The data is collected from statistics submitted each year by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center.
Law enforcement agencies reported 748,841 stolen vehicles in 2018, a 3 percent decline from 2017. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cost of vehicle theft in 2017 was nearly $6 billion, and apparently summer was the hottest time for thefts to occur. There is some good news, however: the NICB noted a strong downward trend in stolen vehicles since 2000, likely because manufacturers are incorporating anti-theft devices. NHTSA regulations require manufacturers to add identification to major components and replacement parts to help law enforcement trace and recover stolen parts and vehicles. They've also encouraged manufacturers to make standard anti-theft devices like immobilizer systems to track or cut power to a car that's been reported stolen. You'll see in this list that vehicles that predate such technology make up a large part of the most commonly stolen cars, a trend in previous reports as well.