America’s great love for pickup trucks is not limited to those who legally acquire them. Thieves also love the vehicle type, and by 2021, pickup trucks were the most stolen vehicle in the vast majority of states.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that a pickup truck was the most stolen vehicle type in 36 of the 50 US states. In 27 states, pickups were even the two most stolen vehicles.
In most cases, full-size Chevrolet and Ford pickups were the primary target of thieves and older models were preferred. In fact, the Chevrolet Silverado was the most stolen vehicle in America in 2021, according to the agency. Along with the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet and Ford pickup trucks accounted for 14 percent of all vehicles stolen in America by 2021.
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Since states where pickups were the most and the two most stolen vehicles were the majority, it’s actually easier to list the places where pickups were not the most stolen vehicles. However, you can go through the full list by scrolling to the end of the article.
The Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. The Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee was the number one target in Illinois, the Dodge Charger was popular with Michiganders, the Honda Civic attracted Minnesotan thieves, and Vermonters preferred the Subaru Forester. It will surprise few, given the recent news reports, to learn that the Hyundai Elantra was the main target in Wisconsin.
Even when counting US territories that are not states, pickups are the most stolen vehicles in more than half of all jurisdictions. However, the Toyota Camry was the number one target in the District of Columbia, and the Kia Sportage was popular among Puerto Rican thieves.
In total, the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda CR-V and Toyota Corolla accounted for 15 percent of all stolen passenger cars in the country. Nearly 1 million vehicles were stolen across the country, the NICB reports, an eight percent increase from the previous year attributed to rising used car prices.
The NICB recommends that you always lock your doors, roll up your windows, and keep valuables out of sight when you leave your vehicle. It also suggests never leaving a moving vehicle unattended and keeping the key fob well away from the vehicle when not in use.