Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in MA

top stolen cars in MALast week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the country: the 2011 Hot Wheels list.

Curious to see what vehicles Massachusetts car thieves target most often? So were we. Read on to see which 10 cars made the list, along with some safety tips to keep your car where it should be: safely in your driveway.

The Top 10

Let’s cut to the chase and get right to the list for Massachusetts:

  1. 2000 Honda Civic
  2. 1996 Honda Accord
  3. 1996 Toyota Camry
  4. 1995 Acura Integra
  5. 1997 Nissan Maxima
  6. 1996 Toyota Corolla
  7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  8. 2005 Nissan Altima
  9. 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  10. 1997 Ford Explorer

For the most part, the list of most stolen cars in MA follows the nationwide top 10. The Honda Accord and Civic, along with the Toyota Camry, Acura Integra, Dodge Caravan and Ford Explorer all make appearances on America’s Top 10.

How Reliable is the Data?

Broken down by state, Hot Wheels is a unique report released every year by the NCIB. The data comes from the National Crime Information Center, which receives car theft data from law enforcement all across the country.

This data from the NCIC is the most complete available – all car thefts are included, not just stolen insured vehicles. That makes the Hot Wheels report the most accurate assessment of car theft every year.

Theft Prevention Tips

Along with this year’s report, the NCIB included a list of 4 “layers of protection” – here’s what they are:

  • Use Common Sense – Always take your keys & lock your car
  • Warning Device – Car alarms may be annoying, but they still work as a deterrent
  • Immobilizing Device – Kill switches, fuel cut-offs & smart keys make it much harder to steal your car
  • Tracking Device – Hugely helpful in recovering your vehicle if it’s stolen

Even if you don’t have an immobilizing device or a tracking device installed on your car, just keeping your keys with you and your doors locked goes a long way. According to the Hot Wheels report, “many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.”

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