The 1991 Honda Accord was the most stolen car in 2005.

What’s that, you say? You had heard your 2001 BMW M Roadster was the most stolen? Well, yes – it kind of was.

Two organizations that rank thefts in two different ways came up with, of course, two very different lists of the most stolen cars in 2005. The National Insurance Crime Bureau, an agency funded by the insurance industry, released a list of most-stolen cars ranked by the overall number of thefts. The 1991 Honda Accord topped the list, followed by the 1995 Honda Civic and 1989 Toyota Camry. (You can see the Top 10 here: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2006/11/how_hot_is_your.html)

In other words, more 1991 Honda Accords were stolen than any other model of car. There are also more Accords on the road than there are of any other model, as Accord has long been one of the top-selling models, and one of the longest-lasting.

This leads to the reason typically given that mundane-looking cars from Honda and Toyota would be so popular among theives: They’re harvested for parts to keep their brethren running. (Acura models, which are made by Honda and have many interchangeable parts with their Honda twins, are also popular theft targets.)

But it stands to reason that certain models would make this list by sheer force of numbers on the road. That’s quite possibly why the Ford F-150 clocks in at No. 6: F-150 has been the best-selling model in the entire automotive market since 1982.

So, if you’re worried about theft and you’re choosing between a Honda Accord and a BMW M – not likely, sure, but stay with us – which should you choose? Actually, the Accord. The M has the highest theft rate, meaning you have a better chance of your M being the one that gets picked than you would have with any other car.

CCC Information Services, a Chicago-based research company, found that one out of every 200 2001 M’s was stolen in 2005. That’s a higher rate than any other model, and CCC also refers to this condition as “most stolen”.

Next in line were the 1998 Acura Integra and 2004 Mercury Maurader; you can see the top 10 – and a more in-depth discussion of the different most-stolen lists – here: http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=2891.

What’s the best way to prevent your car from being stolen, regardless of model? According to the NICB, lock it and take the keys with you. Hard to believe there are still people who don’t do this in 2006, but apparently there are.

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