Dodge Caravans and Chevrolet Impalas were stolen more than any other car in Illinois last year, according to an annual report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, out Wednesday.
Car thefts are up nationally for the second year in a row, according to the NICB’s “Hot Wheels” report, with Honda Civic and Accord models keeping their spot as the most stolen cars of the year. More than 50,400 Civics and 49,500 Accords were stolen in 2016. Those two models make up 42 percent of cars stolen last year, many of them older models.
State-by-state data shows that either of the two Hondas was the most stolen car for many states last year, joined by Chevy and Ford pick-ups and Dodge Caravans.
NICB, which is not a government agency, notes that the two types of Hondas top the list because many of the most stolen models -- the 1998 Civic or the 1997 Accord -- were released before the addition of “smart keys” that protect against theft.
Neither the Civic nor the Accord crack the top 10 for most stolen 2016 model cars.
Instead, that title goes to the Toyota Camry, whose 2016 model was stolen 1,113 times.
“The increase in vehicle thefts over the past two years should be a reminder that drivers must do their part to protect their vehicles,” NICB President Joe Wehrle said in a statement.
Despite the recent increase, thefts are well below their 1992 peak, according to NICB.
Here's a breakdown of cars stolen in Illinois:
- Dodge Caravan: 1,150
- Chevrolet Impala: 678
- Honda Civic: 529
- Toyota Camry: 518
- Chevrolet Malibu: 485
- Nissan Altima: 475
- Honda Accord: 453
- Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size): 415
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee: 411
- Ford Pick-Up (Full Size): 405