Insurance Groups Publish 2011 Car Theft Data for New York

A new report from the New York Insurance Association and the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows American drivers which cars are most desirable to thieves in the Empire State. Those who look at New York State as a barometer for other parts of the country can take note of just what kinds of cars and other vehicles are most likely to vanish from New York streets.

For 2011, the 2000 Honda Civic tops the list. The Honda Civic is widely known to be attractive to thieves, partially because of how well that brand holds resale value. The 1994 Honda Accord, the second car on the list, benefits from the same principle, as does the 1991 Toyota Camry, third on the list, which is known for Toyota quality and longevity.

Fourth on the list is the 1996 Nissan Maxima, a fairly old vehicle that may be easier to break into. The 2000 Dodge Caravan comes in at number five, showing that thieves who prefer a family-sized ride favor this brand. Next is the 2005 Nissan Altima, a much newer Nissan car with an attractive style and popularity on the North American market.

Number seven on the list is the 2009 Toyota Corolla, a car with a much higher market value. At eighth place is the 2000 Econoline  E350 van, a whole different kind of vehicle, but another one with a very recent model year designation. Next is the 2002 Ford Explorer at spot nine; the Ford Explorer has been an attractive SUV for many years, and still remains a leading model for SUV buyers. Last on the list, at 10, is the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a stylish ride with a lot of years on the road.

Some of these types of crime reports relate to price shopping for new or used vehicles. For instance, high theft rates for a vehicle can lead to higher insurance premiums and total costs of ownership. However, crime trends also help to show how some vehicles hold value. Along with these “market markers,” buyers can use pricing and financing information to figure out what vehicles are right for a household’s budget and needs. When it comes time to visit a local dealer’s lot, have as much information as possible at your fingertips to make informed decisions.