Michelle Basch, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – The latest lists of most stolen cars in the region don’t include luxury vehicles or brand new cars.
The 2000 Dodge Caravan was the vehicle reported stolen most often in Maryland last year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a not-for-profit organization which crunched the numbers of all vehicles reported stolen.
In D.C. it was a slightly older Caravan – the 1998 model – that was ripped off more than anything else on four wheels.
In Virginia, the 1994 Honda Accord was tops among car thieves in 2011.
Preliminary FBI crime statistics show the number of reported car thefts nationwide dropped 3.3 percent in 2011 compared to the year before, and is now the lowest since 1967.
Here are lists of the top 10 most stolen cars in each part of the area:
Nationwide, here’s the list of the most stolen vehicles:
While overall thefts have declined, the NICB finds a growing trend. Thieves are stealing late-model vehicles, the ones with sophisticated key code technology.
Thieves have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle and have a replacement key made, according to NICB President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Wehrle.
More information on preventing auto theft can be found on NICB’s website.
Anyone with information about vehicle theft or insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422) or texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411).
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