Hot Wheels: Do You Know Where Your Car Is?

DES PLAINES, Ill., (PRNewswire) — Hot Wheels, the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s companion study to its annual Hot Spots auto theft report examines data reported to the National Crime Information Center
(NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2005. See the full report at http://www.nicb.org. For 2005, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:

1. 1991 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1994 Dodge Caravan
5. 1994 Nissan Sentra
6. 1997 Ford F150 Series
7. 1990 Acura Integra
8. 1986 Toyota Pickup
9. 1993 Saturn SL
10. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup

In 2005, 1,235,226 motor vehicles were reported stolen which is 2,625 fewer than in 2004. Using the FBI’s average valuation of $6,173 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to over $7.6 billion in losses in 2005-just in
vehicle value alone.

The FBI Uniform Crime Report divides the nation into four regions:

Midwest, Northeast, South and West. The Midwest with 22.3% of the nation’s population reported 225,519 vehicle thefts (an increase of 0.4% over 2004) and represents 18.3% of the total number of vehicles stolen in 2005; the Northeast with 18.4% of the population reported 129,835 vehicle thefts (a decrease of 9.5% from 2004) and represents 10.5% of the total stolen; the South with 36.3% of the population reported 412,033 thefts (a decrease of 2.3% from 2004) and represents 33.4% of the total number of vehicles stolen. Finally, the West with 23.0% of the population reported 467,839 vehicle thefts (an increase of 4.5% over 2004) and represents 37.9% of the total number of vehicles stolen.

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