Ohio's vehicle thieves love minivans

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An insurance industry group says a very specific Chrysler minivan is Ohio's most stolen vehicle for the third year in a row.

Once again, the 2000 model Dodge Caravan tops the annual report from the Ohio Insurance Institute. Second on the state list released Tuesday is the 1994 Honda Accord, the vehicle most reported stolen nationwide during 2010. The No. 3 vehicle in Ohio last year was the 1994 Chevrolet full-size pickup truck. The rankings were for 2009-2010.

So why is a minivan so attractive to vehicle thieves? The National Insurance Crime Bureau says certain older models of cars and trucks are hot with thieves because of the value of their parts.

The Ohio group estimates that more than 21,000 vehicles were stolen in the state last year, based on preliminary FBI data that auto thefts were down 7.2 percent nationwide.

For 2009-2010, the top stolen vehicles in Ohio were:


OHIO 2010

OHIO 2009


2000 Dodge Caravan

2000 Dodge Caravan


1994 Honda Accord

1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera


1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

2000 Honda Civic


1999 Ford Taurus

1995 Buick Century


2000 Honda Civic

1999 Ford Taurus


1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera

1994 Honda Accord


1996 Buick Century

1990 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)


1997 Chevrolet Pickup (S-10)

1995 Ford F150 Pickup


1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

1999 Chevrolet Cavalier


2002 Ford Explorer

1997 Ford Explorer

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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