A study made in 2011 shows that the 1994 Honda Accord was the most frequently stolen car in the US for the fourth straight year.
The car’s lack of security and also its popularity work as a magnet for thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that in 2011, 7,596 units of the 1994 Honda Accord were stolen, followed by the 1998 Honda Civic on the second place. This was the 7th straight year when the top two spots of the most-stolen cars were filled by vehicles from Honda Motor.
“They’re actually stealing the older cars, because the safety features that the newer cars have, they’re not there,” said Joe Brosius, a retired Tempe, Ariz., police officer who heads the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. “They’re easy to steal, that’s why they’re always No. 1.”
Newer Honda vehicles have a safety feature that prevents cars from being started without a key, making the cars harder to hot-wire. The feature is called the immobilizer system and it was added to the 1997 and 1998 models.
“It takes the technology barrier for a thief fairly high,” Martin said by phone. “They need to be fairly sophisticated to get around that.”
On the third place is the 2006 Ford Motor’s full-size pickup, the first time when a truck gets on the top three most-stolen cars since 2000 when the National Insurance Crime Bureau began the study.