NICB Says Kia, Hyundai Among Most Stolen Cars—Here are Other Brands in the List

By Giuliano De Leon

May 13, 2024 04:36 PM EDT

Kia and Hyundai are the most frequently stolen vehicles, the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed after releasing its 2023 list. But why are thieves usually targeting these car brands?

NICB Says Kia, Hyundai Among Most Stolen Cars—Here are Other Brands in the List
NICB announced its list of most stolen cars, with Kia and Hyundai being on top. Here are other vehicle brands commonly targeted by thieves.
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NICB Says Kia, Hyundai Among Most Stolen Cars

NICB said that in 2023 alone, they received 48,445 theft reports involving the Hyundai Elantra. In addition to this model, the Hyundai Sonata was reported stolen 42,813 times.

Meanwhile, the agency received more than 30,000 theft reports for the Kia Optima. NICB said various Kia models were in the top 10 most stolen vehicles in 2023. The Kia Sportage, Kia Forte, and Kia Soul are among these models.

NICB explained that thieves mostly targeted Kia and Hyundai because of the rising TikTok trends that showed how easy it is to steal older car models of these brands, as reported by Fox Business.

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Other Vehicles Mostly Stolen in 2023

Aside from Kia and Hyundai, Chevrolet, Honda, and Ford are among the most stolen vehicles on NICB. Specifically, Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Honda Civic, and Honda Accord were targeted by thieves in 2023.

Luckily, most of these stolen vehicles were recovered the same day after thefts were reported. Others were recovered from criminals after two days.

"These rankings highlight the persistent threat of vehicle theft across the country," said NICB CEO David J. Glawe via CarBuzz.

He promised they would coordinate with law enforcement agencies to deploy advanced anti-car theft technologies and strategies. However, he explained that car owners still need to be vigilant and proactive about protecting their vehicles.

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