Friday, December 9, 2022


The most stolen vehicles of the year (and the states they’re stolen in)


Just because you own a car (or RV) doesn’t mean you always get to keep it. Thieves want it, too, and every 46 seconds they steal a motor vehicle from somewhere in the USA. In 2017, vehicle theft was at an eight-year high. More recently, in 2018, 748,841 vehicles were stolen, down 3.1 percent from 772,943 vehicles in 2017. The top two months for vehicle thefts are July and August.

Why the spike in auto thefts? Thieves aren’t getting smarter, drivers are getting lazier. New push-to-start technology makes it easier to steal a car. Thieves look for cars where the key fob has been left inside (don’t do this, folks), they open the door, and push the button to start. Yup, it’s that easy.

So what cars do the thieves steal most?

Here are the top 10 stolen vehicle models in 2018:

  1. Dodge Charger HEMI
  2. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
  3. Infiniti QX50 4-door
  4. Infiniti QX80
  5. GMC Sierra 1500 crew-cab
  6. Dodge Challenger
  7. Nissan Maxima
  8. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab
  9. Chrysler 300 four-wheel-drive
  10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 4-door long-wheelbase four-wheel-drive

And here are the cities in the U.S. where most vehicles are stolen:

  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Anchorage, AK
  3. Bakersfield, CA
  4. Pueblo, CO
  5. Modesto, CA
  6. Redding, CA
  7. Stockton-Lodi, CA
  8. Wichita, KS
  9. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

And, just for fun, here are the least stolen vehicle models of 2018:

  1. BMW 3-series four-door
  2. Tesla Model S four-wheel-drive
  3. Tesla Model X four-wheel-drive
  4. Chevrolet Equinox four-wheel-drive
  5. Buick Encore four-wheel-drive
  6. Subaru Legacy with EyeSight
  7. GMC Acadia
  8. Subaru Forester with EyeSight
  9. GMC Acadia four-wheel-drive
  10. Volkswagen (New) Beetle

Half of all car thefts are due to owner error. Use common sense to minimize car (and RV) theft. Keep the vehicle locked and hide any valuable items. Never leave your keys in your vehicle. Park in safe, well-lit areas whenever possible, and always double-check that your alarm system is working. For about $50, it might be worth putting a portable tracker on your car and/or your RV, which will alert the police as soon as it’s stolen.


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2 years ago

My car is a 4-door Kia. I think I’m pretty safe, lol.

2 years ago

You need to do some Additional research beyond siting just one article from Forbes as a reference to any statistical Activity. When I saw that Wichita Kansas was ranked in the top 10 for car thefts I had to laugh. I’ve lived here most of my life. So I started checking other sources and found different listings search after search. The statistics change by date, time frames and categories. After looking at 10 different sources for “top 10 car theft cities” I came to the conclusion that your vehicle can get stolen most anywhere if you do stupid things like leaving it running in your driveway or at the gas pump while you go inside.
Then there’s the fact that car theft rings move around so any place could be next.
Once again folks static’s will lie for you making it easy to prove whatever point you want to make.

2 years ago

Obviously, this “Teaser” article was just a copy paste from some other “fluff” source. Like those neverending links at the bottom of so many sites: “You won’t believe what they look like now! .. click here to be amazed!”
At least I didn’t have to click through 150 pages to find the content was non-existent or dribble at best.

2 years ago

Much of what we’re talking about could be fixed if there was some way to keep bleeding hearts out of the picture.
The “saving lives” industry is a mega billion dollar industry in North America and a major employer.

The supervised consumption site (SCS) in my city employs roughly 175 people (nobody really knows the exact number) and the police budget here is #1 of all annual capital expenditures.

If I had my way, dopers and their enablers would all be in confinement until they came out better productive people.

The way prisons are operated today is the same way they’ve always been run, jail the offender throw away the keys until they’ve served “their time” release with no money no home no hope” and pray they don’t reoffend. Don’t work,

Prisons of a better model would become training centers producing tradesmen and women, perhaps even professionals. Not better criminals.

I believe there is little will to change anything crime is BIG business. Suffer financier!

2 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Yo! Alvin… I don’t think anyone was talking about revamping the penal system. But I’m glad you were able to get your soap-box rant off your chest. ;-P

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

What are the most stolen RV’s? What states are they most stolen in ? What models are stolen? Popups, single axle trailers, double axle trailers, A-B-C-C+, fifth wheelers, toy haulers ?

Diane Mc
2 years ago

Personal license plate 0131E. Husband bought a 212 Vignale Ferrari 35 years ago. Had a Chevy engine in it and had been raced so beat up. Sat in his shop until 2014 when I convinced him to restore it. Took 2 years. Now it has the proper engine in it and it’s beautiful. The chassis serial number is 0131E.

2 years ago

I lived in El Paso, TX for 5 years back in the 80’s. It had some of the highest crime and murder rates in the country, mostly due to drugs. It also had one of the highest Car / Truck theft rates in the US as well.
You simply did NOT own a vehicle without an ANTI-Theft alarm on them!
I suspect that El Paso has not changed much and has probably gotten worse, due to the influx of all the illegals flowing across the border!

A little Trivia here: Just west of El Paso, around Sunland Park, NM is the 1st US Border Mile Marker ever erected. And a Cheapo Barbed Wire Fence (great deterant)!

You all have a good day!

Wayne Caldwell
2 years ago

We live in Rio Communities, about 35 miles south of Albuquerque. Crime is rampant in Albuquerque as there were 80 homicides in 2019 – not a lot for the big cities, but for our area…(not counting those in our small county). And it’s flowing southward at a rapid pace. in our 25 years here, we’ve been broken into twice and have had several items stolen from our back yard. We (at home) don’t leave our vehicles outside overnight unless we have absolutely no other choice. Our little town doesn’t have a police department so we have to rely on the county sheriff or state police — if they show. Yet in NM, we aren’t allowed to protect our property. And the thieves know it. But please don’t come visiting uninvited at night, please……

2 years ago

Since this is an RV periodical, could you check into the most stolen pickup truck, motorhome, fifth wheel and towable?

Just curious…

2 years ago

Took a look at that portable tracker, the price ($49.99) is right! But the monthly fee of $25.00 or $120.00 for six months is what you have to think about, thats a lot more than just 50 bucks.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Ok, now the most stolen RV ? Where ?

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

Ever since I read about devices that can copy your key fob when you use it, I always lock the car with the door button when I leave, and only use the key fob to unlock it when I return. The exception to this is my Class B Sprinter. To prevent people from locking their keys in the vehicle, it can only be locked with the key fob. However, its range is so short that someone would have to be very close to clone the signal.

2 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

Gene you might want to check to find if your car is alarmed if you lock it manually. On some when I was in the automobile biz, the vehicle alarm could only be set using the fob to lock it.
That beep you heard told you the alarm was set.

Maybe this has changed since 2006 when I retired.

Sink Jaxon
2 years ago

When I saw this list I just had to respond…Good Lord I lived in Albuquerque for 33 years…Finally moved away for exactly that..all the crime. It was a great little town back in the 70’s and 80’s but from there on out it grew into something evil. Left town for a better opportunity in ’07 and sooo thankful for that. I do miss the food and the sunsets, but that’s about it.