39th in the Nation… For Stolen Cars

OMAHA – Out of nearly 400 metro areas nationwide, only one Nebraska community ranks in the top 40 for most stolen vehicles per capita.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau ranks Omaha, Nebraska as the 39th worst place in the country for vehicle rip-offs, with just over four-thousand vehicles stolen in the community last year. The bureau’s Kristen Sleeth says older cars top the “Hot Wheels” list in Nebraska and nationwide.

“In 2017, a vehicle was stolen every 40 seconds in the United States,” according to Sleeth. “The most [frequently] stolen cars were still Honda Civics and Accords, made in the late 1990s, before anti-theft technology came into play.”

As for cars on the newer end of the spectrum, the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry were the top two 2017-models stolen last year, followed by pickups from GMC, Ford and Dodge Ram. One van model, the GMC Savana, also made the “most stolen” list.