What make and model do you drive? Is it among the most stolen in Michigan? How about in the country?

The latest report on stolen vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau is out, showing the rankings of hot cars in 2016. Nationally, it breaks down this way:

  1. 1997 Honda Accord (50,427 stolen in 2016)
  2. 1998 Honda Civic (49,547 stolen in 2016)
  3. 2006 Ford Full Size Pickup (32,721 stolen in 2016)
  4. 2004 Chevrolet Full Size Pickup (31,238 stolen in 2016)
  5. 2016 Toyota Camry (16,732 stolen in 2016)
  6. 2015 Nissan Altima (12,221 stolen in 2016)
  7. 2001 Dodge Full Size Pickup (12,128 stolen in 2016)
  8. 2015 Toyota Corolla (11,989 stolen in 2016)
  9. 2008 Chevrolet Impala (9759 stoeln in 2016)
  10. 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9245 stolen in 2016)

The NICB report notes that newer Honda models are not stolen as often, due to better anti-theft technology.

"While Honda Accords and Civics dominate this annual list, they are older, pre-“smart key” production models. Since the introduction of smart keys and other anti-theft technology, Honda thefts have fallen precipitously," the report said.

In Michigan, the list of top ten most stolen cars shows some differences from the national list:

  1. 2008 Chevrolet Impala
  2. 2016 Dodge Charger
  3. 2002 Chevrolet Full Size Pickup
  4. 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
  5. 2015 Chrysler 300
  6. 2004 Ford Full Size Pickup
  7. 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
  8. 2002 Dodge Caravan
  9. 2016 Ford Fusion
  10. 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

I remember back in the '80's, my mother drove a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Those, and the Monte's GM personal-luxury-coupe cousins - the Buick Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and Pontiac Grand Prix - were hot targets for thieves.

One day, my mom's was almost stolen from the parking garage where she worked, except that the thief was scared away just before they drove away. They actually had the car running when they were spooked, and opened the door and ran. Police found the car running with the driver's door wide open! Thieves that day did get away with an Olds Cutlass from the same parking deck.

NICB offers the following tips in its press release to combat auto theft:

  • Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
  • Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.
  • Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
  • Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to 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.

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