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Honda Accord tops 2010 list of most-stolen cars

The Javelina/FlickrThe 1994 Honda Accord was the most frequently stolen car in the U.S. in 2010.

Car thieves' target of choice last year was the 1994 Honda Accord, according to an analysis of preliminary data released by the FBI.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau crunched the numbers and created top 10 lists for every state and the nation as a whole. While the numbers are preliminary, if they hold, "2010 will post the fewest thefts since 1967," according to the bureau's analysis.

Thieves preferred the 1994 Honda Accord nationwide, but in California, they opted for the older 1991 model. In its press release, the insurance crime bureau said older models are targeted because of the value of their parts.

Most-stolen vehicles in California during 2010
Rank Make and model Year
1 Honda Accord 1991
2 Honda Civic 1995
3 Toyota Camry 1989
4 Acura Integra 1994
5 Nissan Sentra 1994
6 Toyota Corolla 2003
7 Chevrolet pickup (full size) 1999
8 Nissan Altima 1997
9 Saturn Sl 1995
10 Toyota pickup 4x2 1988

The three California cities with the highest rate of car thefts were in the Bay Area. Oakland, Richmond and Vallejo all had 1,000 or more cars boosted per 100,000 residents, according to preliminary FBI data.

Filed under: Public Safety, Daily Report
Tags: car theft

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