Thanks to movies like Gone in 60 Seconds, much of the population looks at car theft as a glorified and glamorous act. After all, if you knew Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie were going to come snooping around your vehicle, you would probably just leave your keys in it and request a trade-off for lunch. Unfortunately, car theft does not just happen in the movies; it is a common occurrence. Even if you live in one of the safest neighborhoods of Southern California, you can’t safeguard yourself 100 percent of the time against a skilled thief.
Of course, if you are looking to buy a vehicle and theft is a concern of yours, you are probably wondering what the most commonly stolen vehicles are. Well, some on this list may surprise you. Keep in mind that just because a vehicle makes this top list does not mean you should automatically avoid it. Purchase a vehicle based on your needs and wants, and leave theft to alarm systems and insurance companies to worry about. Keep in mind, if you tend to work or visit a lot of questionable areas in Orange County you could always opt for a vehicle with an engine immobilizer or stolen vehicle tracking.
Although the 1994 model of Honda Accord is the most commonly stolen vehicle, this is a sedan still as desirable today, thanks to fuel-efficient engines, a comfortable cabin and exquisite exterior styling.
For a long time, the 1991 Honda Accord held the top spot but according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the 1994 Honda Accord took over as the most stolen vehicle in the state last year. You may or may not know that 1994 marked a redesign for the Accord, which made it far more competitive with the Ford Taurus. This was the first year antilock brakes were standard on EX models and finally optional on LX and DX. Accord also received new engines with improved horsepower. What makes these vehicles desirable to steal is the parts!
Considering a new Accord? Well, the vehicle is just as hot today, if not more. Once again, this is a redesign year and 2013 gives you a gorgeous coupe and sedan. Two strong but fuel-efficient engines make performance buyers happy while a sporty exterior and more upscale interior pleases the eye. You will be happy to learn though that the 2013 Honda Accord features an engine immobilizer and remote anti-theft alarm system.
The 2013 Honda Civic is available as coupe, sedan and hybrid. It is not as easy to steal today, thanks to the anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer, but the 1998 model remains a popular choice with thieves.
The 1998 Honda Civic comes in a close second to Accord as being the most stolen vehicle in Southern California, and this is a vehicle that is just as hot as ever. Although 1996 brought a new design, once again, the availability of antilock brakes could play a role as to why the 1998 model is a preferred year of choice. Civic has been respected for decades as being a vehicle that holds its resale value better than much of its competition.
Fortunately, 2013 models get the same engine immobilizer and alarm that Accord does, which helps reduce theft. This model year, Civic is available as a coupe, sedan and hybrid, with a long list of features for customization.
Thieves love to steal the 1991 Camry, primarily for parts, because these vehicles seem to last forever. The new 2013 Camry remains a preferred choice in the midsize sedan segment.
Well, of course you know Toyota would have a car on the list. After all, they have come to be known as one of the longest running vehicles on the road. This is a model that gets passed down from one generation to the next because they just never seem to expire. The year of choice is 1991. It was available as a sedan and wagon in four trims and two engines. Thieves can make good money selling off the parts of these cars knowing that they still have plenty of life left in them.
The 2013 Camry remains one of the leading contenders in the midsize sedan segment, which is not an easy class to compete in! It offers a modern exterior, comfortable cabin, strong but fuel efficient engines and top safety scores. Essentially you could say that it is the perfect car.
The 1994 Acura Integra was the fourth most stolen vehicle in California last year. Although Acura no longer makes the Integra, their lineup is as dynamic as ever, which you can clearly see in the 2013 Acura TL pictured here.
Coming fourth is the Acura Integra. This has long been a popular car to shell out and use for street racing and drifting. It received a redesign for 1994, and its slightly aerodynamic look put it head of its time and designed for racing. Also, for this year was the introduction of dual airbags.
New 2013 models of Acura are just as hot as ever as this is a manufacturer that really knows how to turn on the charm in terms of styling, while giving buyers everything they want under the hood. Models to check out include the TL, TSX, ILX and the gorgeous ZDX. Of course, you can’t overlook Acura’s outstanding SUV line, which gives you MDX and RDX.
The styling of the new 2013 Chevrolet 1500 makes it one of the most attractive trucks on the road, but it is the 2004 Silverado that thieves in California are really after.
Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
Although Chevy and Ford were very close on the list of most stolen vehicles in the area, the 2004 Chevrolet Silverado came out ahead, or behind, depending on how you want to look at theft. When Chevy markets the truck as the most dependable, longest-lasting truck on the road, they are not exaggerating. This truck is a workhorse; always has been and always will be. Its strong V8 engine and updated polished aluminum wheels made it a popular pick for that model year, but nothing has changed.
Silverado is still a force to be reckoned with on the road or the trail, and in snow, mud or anything else the environment chooses to place in your path.