According to FBI statistics, there were 8,642 vehicles stolen in Oklahoma in 2015.
And – the two biggest metros in Oklahoma rank among the worst for vehicle theft rates in big cities.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) 2015 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report shows that…
Tulsa ranks 29th in the nation for most vehicles stolen per capita.
Tulsa had an auto theft rate of 410 vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents…
…with 4,018 cars and trucks stolen in the Tulsa Metropolitan area.
The NICB Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report measures vehicle theft data for each of the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) – including over 380 metro areas around the nation.
Top 10 Vehicles Most Frequently Stolen in Oklahoma
Including vehicle make and model
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size)
- GMC Pickup (Full Size)
- Honda Civic
- Honda Accord
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chevrolet Pickup (Small Size)
- Ford Explorer
- Chevrolet Malibu
Pickups are a hot commodity for vehicle thefts in Oklahoma.
If you just purchased a brand new truck, you can take some comfort in knowing that auto thieves generally prefer to steal older vehicles.
In fact – here is the same list of top 10 most commonly stolen vehicles in Oklahoma with the year attached.
Including make, model and year
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) – 1994
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) – 2004
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) – 2001
- GMC Pickup (Full Size) – 1994
- Honda Civic – 1998
- Honda Accord – 1996
- Chevrolet Impala – 2005
- Chevrolet Pickup (Small Size) – 1998
- Ford Explorer – 2002
- Chevrolet Malibu – 2009
More Older Vehicles are Stolen Than Newer Vehicles
Why are more older vehicles stolen than newer vehicles?
There are a few reasons:
ONE – There is a higher demand for older vehicle car parts, and thieves can often make more money selling a car for parts than trying to sell the entire vehicle
TWO – Some older car models (especially from Honda) share multiple parts from model year to model year, so parts have higher demand
THREE – Newer cars are generally equipped with more advanced security devices and anti-theft deterrents
FOUR – More newer cars have GPS enabled tracking devices
More Vehicles Stolen in Tulsa Than Oklahoma City
According to the Hot Spots report…
There are more vehicles stolen per capita in the Tulsa MSA than in the Oklahoma City MSA.
Tulsa ranks 29th with 410 vehicles stolen per 100,000 residents.
By comparison, Oklahoma City ranks 46th for vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents at 340.
The worst city for vehicle thefts in the United States – Modesto, CA with 756 per 100,000. California holds 8 of the 10 top spots for theft.
The safest city for vehicle thefts – State College, PA with 22 per 100,000.
The largest big city with the lowest vehicle theft rate – Pittsburgh, PA with 74 per 100,000.
The Good News About Auto Theft
There is a bit of good news when discussing auto theft.
While the total number of vehicles stolen in the United States was 707,758 in 2015…
Vehicle theft has been trending downward for over 20 years.
That’s both good and bad.
Although it’s good that we are seeing fewer vehicles stolen, over half of Americans generally do now worry about their car being stolen.
And that could leave people vulnerable to auto theft.
Avoid Being a Victim of Auto Theft
Professional car thieves can steal nearly any car, but you can make them work for yours.
And prevent the more common thief from succeeding.
The NICB recommends four “Layers of Protection” to protect yourself against auto theft.
COMMON SENSE – The simplest and most cost-effective way to thwart car theft
- Remove keys from the ignition
- Lock your doors
- Close your windows
- Park in a well-lit area
WARNING DEVICE – A visible or audible device to alert thieves your car is protected
- Audible car alarms
- Steering column collars
- Steering wheel / brake pedal lock
- Brake locks
- Wheel locks
- Tire locks / tire deflators
- Theft deterrent decals
- ID markers in or on vehicle
- Window etching
- Micro Dot Marking
IMMOBILIZING DEVICE – Prevents car thieves from bypassing ignition and hot-wiring vehicle
- Computer chip starter devices
- Smart keys
- Fuse cut-offs
- Kill switches
- Starter, ignition, fuel disablers
- Wireless ignition authentication
TRACKING DEVICES – GPS tracking device to share vehicle location
- Anti-theft vehicle tracking device
- GPS car tracker
- App enabled car trackers
- Vehicle diagnostic, emergency assistance devices
VIN Lookup for Stolen Vehicles
If you are buying a used car (especially from Craigslist or a private owner), it’s a good idea to search the VIN number against the NICB stolen car database.
So you can check to see if a car is stolen.
The NICB stolen car database includes a list of vehicles reported as stolen by member insurance companies but not yet recovered.
The Importance of Comprehensive Auto Insurance
Some victims of auto theft are surprised to learn that their auto insurance policy does not cover their car after it’s been stolen.
That’s why you need comprehensive auto insurance.
If you own a vehicle that gets stolen, comprehensive auto insurance helps cover your losses.
Although comprehensive auto insurance is not required by state law, it is a relatively cheap insurance that maintains coverage against not only auto theft, but vandalism and weather-related damage.
And it is excellent insurance coverage to carry, especially for older vehicles that are more prone to theft.