According to a recent study performed by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, certain cars rank significantly higher for the risk of theft in the state of California. Drivers who own these vehicles are advised to purchase added insurance protection that covers them in the event that their vehicles are stolen.
The report, which studied car thefts that occurred during 2011 in California, concluded that the 1994 Honda Accord was stolen the most, followed by several other foreign and domestic vehicles:
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1998 Honda Civic
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 2004 Chevrolet Pickup Truck
- 2006 Ford Pickup Truck
- 1994 Nissan Sentra
- 2010 Toyota Corolla
- 1997 Nissan Altima
- 1998 Toyota Pickup 4×2
The study revealed that the Honda Accord was also among the most-stolen vehicles in every other state in the nation. No information was given as to why the Honda Accord remains the most stolen vehicle in the United States. However, NICB offered several tips for drivers in order to reduce the risk of theft:
- Have an alarm system installed in your vehicle
- Invest in a vehicle tracking device
- Maintain higher coverage insurance that protects you if your car is stolen
- Never leave valuables inside of your car
The good news is that car theft seems to be on the decline. According to the FBI Crime Statistics, car theft has declined close to 3% from 2010 to 2011. When more people using alarm systems and tracking devices, the numbers are predicted to decline even further for 2012.
For more information on additional insurance coverage options in California, visit the official California Department of Insurance website, where you can compare rates, review insurance company ratings, and inquire about different quotes and prices.