Crime Statistics and Vehicle Theft Solutions for Louisiana

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)’s annual report, Hot Wheels, identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. The report, published in November of 2019, reviews car theft data from 2018. Of the 748,841 vehicles stolen that year across the country, Louisiana contributed 11,536. 

Louisiana’s Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

  1. 2006 Ford Pickup (Full Size)
  2. 2006 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
  3. 2008 Honda Accord
  4. 2015 Nissan Altima
  5. 2017 Toyota Camry
  6. 2007 GMC Pickup (Full Size)
  7. 2001 Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
  8. 2008 Chevrolet Impala
  9. 2016 Toyota Corolla 
  10. 2012 Honda Civic 

About the Car Models

Pre-2008 Pickup Trucks

If you noticed that the most popular stolen truck models are more than ten years old, there’s a logical explanation for it. Prior to 2008, the above pickup trucks were not manufactured with electronic ignitions. These new types of ignitions prevent hot wiring, as they require the driver to start the car with a “secure lock” key. After 2008, the trucks became significantly more difficult to steal. 

Compact Cars

The compact cars on this list are extremely popular models. Their individual parts are in high demand and are easy to sell for quick cash. 

Reduce Your Risk for Vehicle Theft

Below is an excerpt from NICB’s comprehensive, four-step “Layered Protection Approach” approach to avoid vehicle theft.

Layer #1 — Common Sense

  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Lock your doors/close your windows
  • Park in a well-lit area

Layer #2 — Warning Device

  • Audible alarms
  • Steering column collars
  • Steering wheel/Brake pedal lock
  • Brake locks
  • Wheel locks
  • Tire locks/Tire deflators
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • Window etching
  • Micro Dot Marking

Layer #3 — Immobilizing Device

  • Smart Keys
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill switches
  • Starter, ignition, and fuel disablers
  • Wireless, ignition authentication

Layer #4 — Tracking Device

Use a tracking device to emit a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen.

Download a more detailed version of the Layered Approach to Protection from NICB.

Contact Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance

If you purchase a new or used car, you should know the risks involved with the model and prepare accordingly. Not sure where to start with insurance? Get to know our agents by visiting “Find an Agent” and giving them a call.

Find a local agent in your parish to learn more.