The latest list of the most stolen vehicles in California has been released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, based on reports from law enforcement agencies last year.
The NICB reports that the Central Valley cities of Fresno, Sacramento, Modesto and Stockton were among the hottest spots in the U.S. for stolen cars and trucks.
Fresno earned the dubious title of ‘Stolen Car Capitol of America’ with 7,559 auto thefts.
Here are last year’s top 10 most stolen vehicles in California:
- 1991 Honda Accord
- 1995 Honda Civic
- 1989 Toyota Camry
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 1994 Nissan Sentra
- 2003 Toyota Corolla
- 1999 Chevrolet full-size pickup
- 1997 Nissan Altima
- 1995 Saturn SL
- 1988 Toyota 4X2 pickup
Older cars and light trucks are targeted by auto thieves because of the high value of their parts. As well, many older vehicles are not insured against theft.
The NICB declared, however, that motor vehicle thefts are declining.
Better anti-theft technology, OnStar and LoJack systems, plus increased use of ‘bait’ vehicles in sting operations by police all contribute to decreased numbers of stolen vehicles in California.