If you're the owner of a 1997 Honda Accord, you might want to step up your security.
The popular model from the Japanese carmaker was the most stolen vehicle in Minnesota last year, according to the Hot Wheels 2014 report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
And its top-ranking in Minnesota could also be down to its popularity among drivers in the state. Last year it was the 5th most sold car model in the state, according to the Minnesota Automobile Dealers' Association.
The full top 10 of most stolen cars in Minnesota last year are as follows:
- Honda Accord, 1997
- Honda Civic, 1998
- Honda CR-V, 1999
- Chevrolet Pickup (full size), 1999
- Ford Pickup (full size), 2000
- Toyota Camry, 1995
- Chevrolet Impala, 2006
- Dodge Caravan, 2001
- Toyota Corolla, 1994
- Ford Explorer, 2001
The list is similar to the most stolen cars in 2013 for Minnesota, with the exception of the Honda CR-V, which has made its way into the top 5, pushing out the Toyota Camry.
It's been previously reported that thieves tend to target older models, as evidenced by the models in the above list, as they are equipped with less sophisticated anti-theft technology and can be sold easily for parts.
The NICB also released a list of the most stolen new cars across the country last year, with the 2014 Ford Pickup the most popular target for thieves, with 964 reported stolen.
The Car Connection reports that since six of the top 10 2014 models stolen are American-made, with the rest Japanese, it suggests that these are easier targets for thieves.
So if you're buying a new car and don't want it stolen, you might be better off buying European or South Korean.