PITTSBURGH - The latest crime statistics show hottest stolen cars are more than a decade old. Target 11 Consumer Investigator Robin Taylor takes a look at why thieves are steering clear of newer models.
Law enforcement officials say new cars are a lot harder to steal, so thieves are sticking to models made in the 1990s that are easier for them to break into. Many of these models have made the hottest stolen car list before.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the 1994 Honda Accord and the 1998 Honda Civic were the most-stolen vehicles last year.
The top 10 list includes six models made in the 1990s, including the 1991 Toyota Camry, which is 20 years old.
Investigators say thieves are targeting older cars because they're able to get replacement key codes that allow them to get in.
Newer models are harder to steal because of more sophisticated anti-theft devices.
The good news is that overall thefts are down. FBI stats show auto thefts are the lowest they've been since 1967.
Here are the top 10 most-stolen vehicles in 2011:
- 1994 Honda Accord
- 1998 Honda Civic
- 2006 Ford Pickup
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 2000 Dodge Caravan
- 1994 Acura Integra
- 1999 Chevrolet Pickup
- 2004 Dodge Pickup
- 2002 Ford Explorer
- 1994 Nissan Sentra