The number one most stolen vehicle in Florida is the full-size 2006 Ford Pickup, according to the annual Hot Wheels report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States and by state.
The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2018.
Florida’s top seven most-stolen vehicles are the same as the U.S. top seven, with a slight change in the ranking order.
But when it comes to 8th, 9th, and 10th places, the vehicles are completely different.
In Florida, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, 2017 Nissan Sentra, and 2017 Hyundai Elantra made the top ten list but those cars did not make the top ten list nationwide.
Conversely, the 2017 GMC Pickup (Full Size), 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full Size), and 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee were in the U.S. top ten but not in Florida’s top ten.
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In Florida
1. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
2. 2017 Nissan Altima
3. 2018 Toyota Camry
4. 2017 Toyota Corolla
5. 2017 Honda Accord
6. 2016 Honda Civic
7. 2018 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
8. 2013 Hyundai Sonata
9. 2017 Nissan Sentra
10. 2017 Hyundai Elantra
Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In The United States
1. 2000 Honda Civic
2. 1997 Honda Accord
3. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
4. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
5. 2017 Toyota Camry
6. 2017 Nissan Altima
7. 2017 Toyota Corolla
8. 2017 GMC Pickup (Full Size)
9. 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
10. 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
How To Protect Your Vehicle From Theft
The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends that drivers follow our four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft:
Common Sense — the common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:
Remove your keys from the ignition
Lock your doors/close your windows
Park in a well-lit area
Warning Device — the second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected.
Immobilizing Device — the third layer of protection is a device that prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated.
Tracking Device — the final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to the police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.