Group: Honda Civic Tops Stolen-Car List
DETROIT - The 1995 Honda Civic, 1989 Toyota Camry and 1991 Honda Accord were the vehicles most often reported stolen in the United States in 2004, according to a nonprofit group that tracks insurance crimes.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau, based in Palos Hills, Ill., said motor vehicle theft was down 1.9 percent last year. A total of 1.2 million vehicles were reported stolen. Car thefts were down in all regions except the West, where they were up 36.2 percent over 2003, the NICB said Monday.
Rounding out the list of the top 10 most-stolen vehicles were the 1994 Dodge Caravan; the 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500; the 1997 Ford F-150; the 2003 Dodge Ram; the 1990 Acura Integra; the 1988 Toyota Pickup and the 1991 Nissan Sentra.
Some most-stolen lists calculate how likely a vehicle is to be stolen by comparing the number of models stolen to the total number of models registered. The NICB list shows which were stolen most often. The Civic and Camry are among the best-selling vehicles in the United States.
The NICB said the best defense against car theft is using the lock. A visible or audible warning device also can help deter thieves, the group said.
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