The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) tracks the theft of passenger vehicles each year. The data has been fully compiled for 2009, the last year that data is available for. According to the figures, 2009 saw a 21.3% decline in auto thefts.
Toyota Camry enjoyed the title of being the most stolen car, with 781 of them snatched in 2009. One flaw in this report is that the NHTSA only tracks models with a gross vehicle weight of 6,000 pounds or less. If that were not the case, the Cadillac Escalade would have taken the title. The top five most stolen on this list are:
- Toyota Camry
- Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
- BMW M5
- Dodge Charger
- Honda S2000
There has been a downward trend in auto thefts over the last 16 years. The NHTSA attributes the trend to the increased use of standard anti-theft devices, vehicle parts marking, public-awareness measures, and increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement. Hopefully this decline will lead to lower car insurance quotes and premiums. We’ll see!