Full-Size Passenger Trucks Remain Popular with Thieves in 2021

If auto glass shops wondered about the continued prevalence of full-size pick-up truck customers needing repairs after attempted or successful thefts of their vehicles within the past year, they’re likely not alone. That’s because the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s recently-released Hot Wheels vehicle theft report indicates that for the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full-size trucks were at the top of the list for the two most stolen vehicles of 2021.

For the second year in a row, Chevrolet and Ford full-size trucks were at the top of the list for the two most stolen vehicles of 2021. Photo courtesy of Ford.

According to the report, nearly 1 million vehicles were reported stolen in 2021. Of that figure, 14% of passenger vehicles were Chevrolet, Ford and GMC full-size pick-up models. Overall, passenger vehicle thefts increased by 8% from 2020 and 17% from 2019.

“Used car values are at historical highs,” says David Glawe, president and CEO of NICB, in a news release announcing the report’s finding. “We have seen a nearly 35% increase in used car values over the last two years due to supply chain issues and inflation. Stolen cars can be shipped overseas and resold or broken down for valuable used car parts here in the U.S.”

Vehicles filling out the remainder of the top 10 list include the Honda Civic, Accord and CR-V; Toyota Camry and Corolla; Nissan Altima; and Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.  According to the NICB, Civics and Accords remain on the list as they may not include anti-theft technology.

According to the bureau, full-size pick-ups and mid-sized sedans are currently best sellers, with their popularity and availability likely contributing factors to their theft numbers. In total, 48,206 thefts occurred involving Chevrolet full-size pickups in 2021.

The NICB suggests that windows be rolled up and doors locked. But the bureau notes that even those precautions may not deter all thieves. There is always the potential for a thief to break glass to gain entry to the vehicle.

The study also found an increased chance of recovering stolen vehicles if they are immediately reported as such. Once recovered, the owner may need to pay a visit to a local auto glass repair shop to get the vehicle back on the road.

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