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The Most Stolen Cars in Virginia

The 1994 Honda Accord is the most stolen vehicle in Virginia and 16 other states.

Lock your car and keep valuables out of sight: It’s good advice for owners of all vehicles, but it’s particularly pertinent advice for Virginia owners of 1994 Honda Accords.

The 1994 Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle in the Commonwealth and across the country, according to “Hot Wheels,” an annual crime data report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The 10 most-stolen vehicles in Virginia are:

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 2005 Ford Pickup (full size)
  3. 2000 Honda Civic
  4. 2011 Toyota Camry
  5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  6. 2010 Toyota Corolla
  7. 2002 Ford Explorer
  8. 1995 Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
  9. 2006 Nissan Altima
  10. 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Honda Accord from various years also is the most-stolen car in 16 other states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. It appears somewhere on the top 10 list for almost all states.

In the District of Columbia, the three most stolen cars are the 1998 Dodge Caravan, the 1996 Honda Accord and the 2001 Jeep Cherokee.

Nationwide, vehicle thefts appear to be on the decline. Early data from 2011 FBI crime statistics show a 3.3 percent decline from 2010, with about 712,800 vehicles stolen.

“Today’s vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made, and steal the vehicle within a matter of days,” according to an NICB release.

The NICB has released a video (see above) that explains key code thefts.

The NICB recommends four steps to ensuring your vehicle is not stolen:

  1. Lock your car and take your keys with you — most vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity.
  2. Having an alarm system or a similar warning device can help.
  3. Installing or buying a car with a fuel cut-off or a smart key may also help.
  4. Installing a tracking device on your car so police can monitor its location when the car is reported stolen may aid in recovering the vehicle before too much damage is done.  

Nationwide, the top 10 most-stolen vehicles are:

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
  4. 1991 Toyota Camry
  5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  6. 1994 Acura Integra
  7. 1999 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
  8. 2004 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1994 Nissan Sentra

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