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The 25 vehicles thieves love most


Some are easier to steal, and some are easier to sell. Is your car at risk? Here are the most-stolen cars and trucks and the reasons they are targeted.

Toyotas and Hondas dominated the list of most-stolen cars in 2002, according to a report from CCC Information Services. While overall theft losses declined 3%, that's still a total of $8 billion.

Of the top 25 most-stolen cars, 20 are Toyotas or Hondas. The Honda Accord is the single-most-stolen model, according to CCC, which analyzes losses submitted by property and casualty insurers. The most-stolen brand? Chevrolet.

Among the trends CCC reported:

  • Minivans and sport-utilities continue to gain the attention of thieves, with 2002 showing a 10% increase in thefts since 2000.
  • Thefts of full-sized models and muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro continue to slide, reflecting their fall-off in popularity with consumers.
  • All of the domestic brands on the top 25 list are pickup trucks.

Most stolen vehicles in 2002
Rank Year Make Model
1 1989 Toyota Camry
2 1991 Toyota Camry
3 1990 Toyota Camry
4 2000 Honda Civic SI
5 1994 Honda Accord EX
6 1994 Chevrolet C1500 4X2
7 1995 Honda Accord EX
8 1988 Toyota CAMRY
9 1994 Honda Accord LX
10 1996 Honda Accord LX
11 1997 Ford F150 4X2
12 1996 Honda Accord EX
13 2001 Ford F150 4X2
14 1995 Honda Civic EX
15 1991 Honda Accord LX
16 1999 Honda Civic SI
17 1990 Honda Accord EX
18 1995 Honda Accord LX
19 1992 Honda Accord LX
20 1995 Acura Integra GS-R
21 1997 Honda Accord LX
22 1997 Chevrolet C1500 4X2
23 1995 Honda Civic DX
24 1992 Honda Accord EX
25 1987 Toyota Camry
CCC Information Services


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VINshield VIN Etching Really Works!
Protect your car with VIN etch

VIN Etching (also known as VIN etch or glass etching) is the permanent etching of the federally registered vehicle identification number (VIN) into all the major glass areas on a car or truck. Once your vehicle is protected by VIN etch it is much more immune to theft than ever before!

Cars and trucks are stolen by professional thieves for one of two reasons, either for resale or for parts. VIN Etching (also known as VINetch or VINetching) effectively deters the theft of the vehicle for resale because it is very costly to alter its VIN since all the glass must be replaced. Also, buyers of stolen vehicles will not risk getting caught with VIN etch marked cars and trucks because the VIN etched window glass is great physical evidence in court. Theft of the vehicle by a chop shop for parts is also deterred because no thief wants all your glass around the shop with the incriminating VIN etched on every piece. The etching does not change the appearance of the car at all. In fact you can hardly see it, but the police and the thieves know right where to look and that is what counts. So, the thief merely looks for a vehicle without VIN etching protection to steal.

There is no doubt that VIN etching (VINetching) really does deter auto theft. VIN etching is recommended by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States as an effective auto theft deterrent. Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington have laws providing for insurance discounts on cars with VIN etched windows. More and more states are sure to follow suit as public awareness of this important passive security system grows. In fact, many insurance companies have already started to give discounts to their policyholders that own VIN etch protected cars.