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This is the most-stolen car in Ohio

The most-stolen vehicle in the Buckeye State isn’t what you think it might be.
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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual Hot Wheels report which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States and a state-by-state breakdown.

But the most-stolen vehicle in the Buckeye State isn’t what you think it might be. It’s not a high-end make, nor is it an easy-to-break-in junker.

It’s actually quite…average.

A 2003 Dodge Caravan is Ohio’s most-stolen vehicle. That’s followed by a 1999 Chevrolet Pickup and 2004 Ford Pickup. In fact, only two vehicles on the top 10 list were made in the past two years.

Experts say these older cars are targeted not for their retro looks, but more for parts and engines.

The report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2015.

  1. Dodge Caravan 2003
  2. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 1999
  3. Ford Pickup (Full Size) 2004
  4. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 2000
  5. Chevrolet Impala 2007
  6. Honda Accord 1997
  7. Chevrolet Malibu 2015
  8. Honda Civic 2000
  9. Toyota Camry 2014
  10. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 2005

Most stolen in the US:

  1. 1996 Honda Accord (52,244)
  2. 1998 Honda Civic (49,430)
  3. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size) (29,396)
  4. 2004 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,771)
  5. 2014 Toyota Camry (15,469)
  6. 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,212)
  7. 2014 Toyota Corolla (10,547)
  8. 2015 Nissan Altima (10,374)
  9. 2002 Dodge Caravan (9,798)
  10. 2008 Chevrolet Impala (9,225)

“While older vehicles still dominate our Hot Wheels most stolen list, the number of late model vehicles with anti-theft protection on the list goes to show that technology isn’t foolproof,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “Criminals are doing their best to defeat anti-theft technology through hacking and other means while, at the same time, manufacturers and others are working to improve security.

View the full report