A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows the 1997 Honda Accord was the most stolen vehicle in North Carolina last year. Thieves apparently liked the 20 year-old Accords because they lack many of the anti-theft devices found in newer model cars.
In 2015, more than 13,000 vehicles were reported stolen in North Carolina, and 1,287 arrests were made to recover 25 percent of those vehicles. That same year, the DMV License and Theft Bureau recovered 915 vehicles valued at $7.8 million. In 2016, those numbers increased by seven percent to 984 recovered vehicles valued at $8.5 million.
The second most popular vehicle stolen was full-size 2004 Ford pickup trucks.
“Be aware of your surroundings,” said DMV License and Theft Director Col. Steve Watkins. “When you get out of your vehicle, make sure you take your keys and lock your door.”
There are several ways for drivers to help prevent vehicle theft. Some include: parking in well-lit areas, locking all windows and doors when you park, never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running, never leave your keys in the your vehicle and always conceal your valuables.
Top 10 Stolen Vehicles In NC In 2016
|2||Ford Pickup (Full Size)||2004|
|5||Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)||2003|
|9||Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee||1999|