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|
|7||Chevrolet pickup (full size)||1999|
|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.