Full-size passenger trucks remain popular with thieves in 2021
If auto glass shops are wondering about the continued prevalence of full-size pickup truck customers needing repairs after their vehicles have been attempted or successfully stolen over the past year, they’re probably not alone. That’s because the National Insurance Crime Bureau just released Hot Wheels The Vehicle Theft Report indicates that for the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full-size trucks topped the list of the two most stolen vehicles in 2021.
According to the report, nearly one million vehicles were reported stolen in 2021. Of that figure, 14% of passenger vehicles were full-size Chevrolet, Ford and GMC pickup models. Overall, passenger vehicle thefts increased 8% from 2020 and 17% from 2019.
“Used car values are at historic highs,” David Glawe, NICB President and CEO, said in a press release announcing the report’s findings. “We have seen an almost 35% increase in the value of used cars over the past two years due to supply chain issues and inflation. Stolen cars can be shipped overseas and resold or disassembled for valuable used car parts here in the United States.
Vehicles filling out the rest of the top 10 list include the Honda Civic, Accord and CR-V; Toyota Camry and Corolla; Nissan Altima; and Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. According to the NICB, Civics and Accords remain on the list because they may not include anti-theft technology.
According to the bureau, full-size pickup trucks and mid-size sedans are currently the top sellers, with their popularity and availability likely contributing to their number of thefts. A total of 48,206 thefts have occurred involving Chevrolet full-size pickup trucks in 2021.
The NICB suggests closing windows and locking doors. But the bureau notes that even these precautions may not deter all thieves. It is always possible for a thief to break a window to get into the vehicle.
The study also found an increased chance of recovering stolen vehicles if immediately reported as such. Once recovered, the owner may need to drive to a local auto glass repair shop to get the vehicle back on the road.