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Honda Accord, Civic still hottest cars for thieves

6:07 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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The 1994 Honda Accord and 1998 Honda Civic were the most-stolen vehicles in 2011, according to the latest report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The NCIB, a non-profit theft- and fraud-fighting group supported by the insurance industry, compiles the most-stolen list by crunching data submitted to the FBI's National Crime Information Center by law enforcement agencies nationwide.

While the top two look similar to 2010's most-stolen list and the 2011 list remains stocked with older vehicles, the NICB reports an overall new trend toward thefts of late-model vehicles.

Newer cars typically are harder to steal because of higher-tech anti-theft devices. But the report attributes the growth in theft of later-model vehicles to more thieves being able to illegally obtain replacement key codes for a specific vehicle.

A key code is an anti-theft technology that requires a code in the key to match a code in the vehicle's ignition system. Thieves are finding ways to obtain replacement key codes through replacement practices at dealerships and locksmiths, or by having an insider, NICB reports.

The good news is that overall, thefts are decreasing. FBI crime statistics show that vehicle thefts have not been this low since 1967.

Here are the top 10 most-stolen vehicles in 2010:
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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