1994 Chevy pickup is the most-stolen vehicle in Ohio

Tribune Chronicle

The National Insurance Crime Bureau on Tuesday released its annual Hot Wheels list of the 10 most-stolen vehicles in the United States. The report also lists Ohio’s top 10.

Topping the list nationally is the Honda Accord with 58,596 thefts nationwide. In Ohio, the 1994 model year Chevrolet full-size pickup was the most desirable among vehicle thieves. Numbers for Ohio thefts were not released.

According to the report, older Honda Accords and Civics were by far the most stolen models in 2012. The 1996 Accord led the list with 8,637 thefts. In fact, Accords and Civics account for the first 16 spots on the most stolen list and all are 1990 to 2000 models.

There are relatively few newer-model Hondas stolen, a fact the report contributes to improved anti-theft technology.

A new addition to this year’s report is a listing of the top 25 most stolen 2012 model year vehicles nationwide, of which the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze came in number 12 with 373 total thefts. The 2012 Nissan Altima topped that list with 921 thefts.

While the report notes that although the FBI predicts a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 vehicle thefts over 2011’s number – reversing an eight-year trend – the overall vehicle theft picture is still positive.

The peak year for vehicle thefts was 1991, with just more than 1.6 million. If the FBI’s preliminary 2012 vehicle theft estimate holds, there will have been roughly 724,672 thefts, according to the report. That’s a national decrease of more than 50 percent since 1991.

Based in Des Plaines, Ill., the National Insurance Crime Bureau compiles data from information submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center.