The car most stolen nationwide last year was a Honda sedan, but full-size pickups are thieves' vehicle of choice in Oklahoma, according to a national survey released Monday.
The vehicle most stolen in the state in 2011 was the 1994 full-size Chevrolet pickup, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's Hot Wheels report.
The 1994 Honda Accord was the vehicle most stolen in the United States, with the 1998 Honda Civic coming in second and the 1996 full-size Ford pickup third, the survey said.
Across the nation, it's an even split between foreign and domestic vehicles, but on Oklahoma's list, the only foreign cars are the 1996 Honda Accord and the 2000 Honda Civic.
The rest of the vehicles in the state's top 10 are pickups or sport utility vehicles, with the exception of the 1995 Ford Mustang.
Survey shows trends
While preliminary statistics from the FBI indicate a 3.3 percent decline in vehicle thefts from 2010 — the lowest it's been since 1967 — late-model vehicles are being stolen at higher rates, the survey shows.
“While overall thefts continue to decline, we are seeing a trend toward increases in the thefts of late-model vehicles — ones that are theoretically harder to steal due to sophisticated key code technology,” Joe Wehrle, bureau president and CEO, said in a news release.
“Today's vehicle thieves are typically professional criminals who have figured out how to get the key code for a specific vehicle, have a replacement key made and steal the vehicle within a number of days,” Wehrle said.
The bureau has a “layered approach” to preventing auto thefts, which includes common sense actions such as locking your vehicle and removing the keys, followed by having a warning device, an immobilizing device and a tracking device.