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State by state: America’s most stolen vehicles


The most sought-after vehicles for car thieves may not be the pricey luxury vehicle of your dreams.

National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) says the most-stolen vehicle in the United States in 2013 was the Honda Accord.

Thieves don't tend to steal luxury cars. They swipe the ones that are most available, easiest to take (older models that lack newer anti-theft technology) and what they can easily sell for parts – which can be a lucrative gig, Frank Scafidi of NICB told Priconomics, noting the most popular cars in each state are typically in line with the most stolen.

That's why the most-stolen vehicles aren't the same across the country – just look at the map below, created by Priceonomics. The Honda Accord is the most stolen in Minnesota, but the state's neighbors don't follow this national trend.

In the states around Minnesota, the most-stolen vehicles were Chevy and Ford pickup trucks (the third and fourth most-stolen vehicles of 2013) and the Dodge Caravan minivan (the seventh most-stolen vehicle last year), according to NICB.

MPR News' Bob Collins poked a little fun at our neighbors to the east. The most-stolen car there is the 2000 Dodge Caravan – and since reports say the most-stolen vehicles are typically the most common in the state, Collins muses people in Wisconsin must drive a lot of minivans.

Collins says the Caravan has been the top target for thefts in Wisconsin for years – in 2007, a 13-year-old model of the Dodge Caravan was also the most-stolen vehicle.

Here's a look at Minnesota's top five stolen vehicles, according to NICB:

  1. 1997 Honda Accord
  2. 1998 Honda Civic
  3. 1997 Chevrolet Pickup (full size)
  4. 2002 Ford Pickup (full size)
  5. 1994 Toyota Camry

And coming in at No. 6 is the 2000 Dodge Caravan.

The Los Angeles Times noted auto theft is on a long downward decline in the United States because of anti-theft technology and the increased chance of being caught.

However, the number of vehicles stolen every year averages about one theft every 45 seconds, and losses amount to over $4 billion a year, the newspaper said.

On average, 23 cars are stolen every day in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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