In 2020, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that a staggering 810,400 vehicles were stolen in the United States. That's one car stolen every 36 seconds and an 11% increase from 2019. Despite the sharp increase, the a number of vehicles repeatedly make the top 10 list. The top 10 list always includes two Toyota products, and they are:
The Toyota Camry is no stranger to the NICB Hot Wheels list. In 2020, 16,915 Toyota Camrys were stolen. This makes it the fifth most stolen vehicle in the United States. That is also an 8% increase from 2019.
Early model Camrys are much more susceptible to theft due to their older design security and anti-theft systems. However, late-model Camrys also fall victim to auto theft. The 2019 Toyota Camry was the most common model year Camry stolen in 2020.
Like the Camry, the Toyota Corolla is also a frequent member of the NICB Hot Wheels list. In 2020, the Corolla was the eighth-most stolen vehicle in the United States. A total of 12,515 Corollas were separated from their owners representing a 3.1% increase from 2019. As is the case with the Camry, late model (2020) Corollas were the most prone to theft.
Why Are The Camry and Corolla Stolen So Often?
Seeing that newer Toyota models are at the top of the Hot Wheels list could be concerning. However, it is important to point out that the Corolla and Camry are two of the top ten best-selling cars in America and have been for several years. With the strong popularity of each model, there is a strong demand for parts across the board. They also last a long time, which increases demand for parts for older models.
What Can You Do?
You can improve your odds of not becoming a victim of auto theft. Additionally, you can look to aftermarket parts such as car alarms to help deter thieves. If you stumbled across this article and are looking for ways to prevent catalytic converter theft, read our post on how to protect yourself from catalytic converter theft. Some things you can do include:
- Common Sense
- Make sure you always lock your car and close your windows
- Don’t leave your keys in the ignition or key fobs in the car
- Park in well-lit areas
- Never leave any desirable item visible in vehicle
- Consider Using Immobilizers, Warning Devices, and Anti-Theft Devices
- Steering wheel or brake pedal locks
- Wheel locks
- Smart keys
- Kill switches
- Starter, Ignition, and Fuel Pump disablers
- LoJack or other Vehicle Tracking Devices
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