APD: Top 10 most stolen vehicles in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Data from the Albuquerque Police Department shows the top 10 most stolen vehicles in the city.
- Chevrolet (Silverado, Tahoe, Malibu, Impala, Avalanche) – 579 stolen
- Hyundai (Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Tucson, Santa Fe) – 535 stolen
- Ford (F150, F250, Ranger, F350, Focus) – 514 stolen
- Kia (Optima, Forte, Soul, Sportage, Rio) – 394 stolen
- Toyota (Camry, Corolla, Tacoma, RAV-4, Prius) – 259 stolen
- Dodge (Ram 1500, Dakota, Charger, Ram 2500, Caravan) – 257 stolen
- Honda (Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, FIT) – 235 stolen
- Nissan (Altima, Sentra, Rogue, Versa, Frontier) – 179 stolen
- GMC (Sierra, Yukon, Savana, Envoy, Terrain) – 171 stolen
- Jeep (Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Liberty) – 106 stolen
An APD spokesperson noted that older model vehicles with key entry (not with key fobs/keyless entries) are much more likely to be stolen because it’s easier to start those vehicles with tools.
The data listed above is from July 1 through Aug. 10, 2022. The vehicle make is followed by the top five stolen models.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends drivers follow four layers of protection to guard against vehicle theft:
- Common sense. Vehicle owners should always remove keys from the ignition, lock doors and windows, and park in well-lit areas.
- Warning Devices. These include visible and audible alarms. Aftermarket alarms are available for all makes and models of cars. Visual devices include column collars, steering wheel locks, and brake locks.
- Immobilizing devices. The third layer of protection prevents thieves from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some examples are smart keys; fuse cut-offs; kill switches; starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers; and wireless ignition authentication.
- Tracking devices. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner, and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.