The Ford F-Series is the best at many things. Such as the best selling vehicle in the US, and has been for a massive 43 years. Now, Ford can add another accomplishment to their truck, but they might not be too happy with what it is. According to the annual NCIB Hot Wheels report, the Ford F-Series was the most stolen vehicle in the US for 2019. Interestingly, it wasn’t even on the list in 2018.
It seems America’s auto thieves have a penchant for trucks these days. According to the data, 38,938 Ford F-Series trucks were reported stolen in 2019. Of those, 2006 was the most commonly stolen model year. It also pushed the Honda Civic, which topped the list in 2018, down to second place at 33,220 thefts. And another truck, the Chevrolet Silverado, placed third just behind the Civic, with 32,583 stolen vehicles. The most common model year was 2004.
Even though sedans are fading in popularity with both customers and car thieves, the Accord, Camry, Altima and Corolla still made up the 4-7 spots respectively. Again, trucks are on the top ten list with full size Dodge and GMC trucks making up the eight and ninth places respectively. Interestingly, new GMC truck owners may want to look out, because 2018 was the most commonly stolen model year. Dodge trucks were more in line with the other pickups, with 2001 being the most common year stolen. Rounding out the top ten was the Honda CR-V.
Pickup truck thefts compare to sales figures with some interesting similarities and differences. As mentioned, the Ford F-150 is consistently the best selling vehicle in America, so it makes sense for the F-Series to be the most stolen vehicle. The Silverado gave up its traditional second place sales figure to Ram trucks in 2019, but the Chevy was still stolen considerably more. Dodge/Ram trucks were stolen more than GMC trucks, however, while GMC placed at the back of the US pickup sales charts.
More than anything, the stolen vehicle data shows pickup truck thefts are more common in years past, and owners of mid-2000s trucks specifically should be taking precautions to prevent their vehicle from ending up in unwanted hands.