Thursday, September 21, 2023


Full-size pickups most stolen vehicles in U.S. in 2022

According to analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the insurance industry’s association dedicated to predicting, preventing, and prosecuting insurance crime, vehicles with the highest theft rate last year were full-size pickups. Chevy led the list with Ford trucks right behind. These pickups made up more than 25 percent of the thefts reported in 2022, which was a decrease from a high of 33 percent in 2021.

While vehicle theft rates have been soaring since the start of the pandemic, recovery rates have also risen. More than 85 percent of passenger vehicles reported stolen in 2022 were subsequently recovered by law enforcement or other means, with 34 percent recovered within a day of the vehicle being reported stolen.

Vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar industry

“Approximately one motor vehicle is stolen every 32 seconds, which adds up to more than one million vehicles stolen last year,” said David J. Glawe, President and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. “Vehicle theft disrupts lives, causes financial hardship, and undermines community safety. Addressing this problem is not just the responsibility of law enforcement agencies; it requires a partnership between vehicle owners, community members, as well as federal, state, and local governments.”

Vehicle theft rates for sedans, including Honda, Hyundai and Kia, followed those of full-size pickups, with recovery rates for Hyundais and Kias between 87 and 95 percent. Social media trends were a likely factor in their high theft rankings in 2022.

“There are some commonsense steps to keep cars from being stolen. First, remove valuables from the vehicle or lock them out of sight. Next, lock the doors, roll the windows all the way up, and don’t leave your keys or key fob in the car,” Glawe said.



  1. I’m glad I sold my ’04. Sold it to a buddy and he still has it, with over 325,000 miles on it. Still driving my 2015 Silverado though….

  2. A big issue is that the law forbids citizens from protecting their property. The law favors criminals over victims in almost every instance. If citizens were “allowed” to protect their property, scumbag criminals would be less likely to try and steal cars. But until laws are in favor of allowing people to protect their property, it is going to continue to get worse.

  3. Most of these older models are targets for organized crime. They ship them to 3rd world countries to be sold. Being older models they don’t have as many computerized components and are easier to repair.

  4. Interesting that all the most stolen pickups are 15-20 years old. Doesn’t make much sense even for parting out the pieces as they won’t fit much on the newer models. Is stealing ancient farm trucks for parts really a thing?

  5. Strange a 19 year old Chevy PU is the most stolen vehicle, everything on the truck is worn out so the parts are of little value, the body is probably damaged by rust or accidents, something is not quite sounding kosher in this report. Could someone in the insurance industry elaborate on this logic?

  6. Whew….I’ve managed to hang onto my 2013 Silverado so far..
    Death penalty for thieves…..or at least tar & feather…

    • Agree – the car/pickup is the modern version of the horse in the development of the country; the horse was one’s livelihood. Hang the modern thieves from the nearest lamppost (or tree if available)!

      • Ropes are expensive, just shoot them out back of the courthouse when found guilty, capital punishment prevents repeat offenders, and it saves the taxpayers the expense of supporting them for years to come while they hone their craft.


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