Late Model Compact and Subcompact Vehicle Thefts

Late Model Compact and Subcompact Vehicle Thefts

Frank Scafidi

NICB: New Report Reviews Late Model Compact and Subcompact Vehicle Thefts

Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Honda Civic Top the List

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 5, 2013 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released the next in its catalog of refreshed vehicle theft reports, this one on “Compact and Subcompact” vehicles1. The report is based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) vehicle theft records for 2010, 2011 and 2012; model year vehicles that were stolen during the period April 3, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012.

The compact class posted a total of 14,258 thefts during this period, and the top three were the Toyota Corolla (3,664 thefts); the Ford Focus (1,797) and the Honda Civic (1,725).

The subcompact class had a total of 5,501 thefts with only two models making the top 10: the Nissan Versa (1,499) and the Toyota Yaris (1,072).

During this reporting period, a total of 19,759 compact and subcompact vehicles were reported stolen in the United States. The top five states reporting the most combined thefts of these two vehicle classifications were: California (4,205); Florida (2,029); Texas (1,584); New York (873) and Illinois (699). Although not a state, Puerto Rico reported 1,021 such thefts.

Here is a chart of the top 10 makes and models:

 Compact and Subcompact Vehicle Thefts by Make & Model
 Make  Model  Class  Thefts
 Toyota  Corolla  Compact  3,664
 Ford  Focus  Compact  1,797
 Honda  Civic  Compact  1,725
 Nissan  Versa  Subcompact  1,499
 Nissan  Sentra  Compact  1,216
 Hyundai  Elantra  Compact  1,198
 Mazda  Mazda 3  Compact  1,085
 Toyota  Yaris  Subcompact  1,072
 Volkswagen  Jetta  Compact  993
 Kia  Forte  Compact  863

See the full report here.

When reviewed by core-based statistical areas (CBSA), compact and subcompact thefts were most reported from the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA area (1,333). Next was the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA area (1,057); followed by Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL area (953). The San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA area (604) and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (515) round out the top five CBSAs.

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Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or submitting a form on our website. Or, download the NICB Fraud Tips app on your iPhone or Android device.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote $350 billion in insurance premiums in 2012, or more than 78 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($160 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit