List of most stolen cars in Arizona released

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PHOENIX - Of the thousands of vehicles on Arizona roads, criminals are keeping an eye on their favorites.

The number one car thieves are after is the 1994 Honda Accord.

"Honda parts fetch a good deal of money because they are known to be so reliable. So yes when a car does get stolen, it's not necessarily for the car but to harvest it for the parts which are worth a lot of money," said Andy Savage, who is the assistant sales manager at Showcase Honda in Phoenix.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau just released a list of the most stolen vehicles in Arizona:

1. 1994 Honda Accord

2. 2005 Dodge Ram

3. 1997 Honda Civic

4. 1999 Chevrolet pickup

5. 1997 Ford F150

6. 2003 Ford F250

7. 1997 Nissan Altima

8. 1994 Nissan Sentra

9. 2006 Ford F350

10. 2007 Toyota Camry

Nevertheless, thefts are actually down. The city that once topped the list in car thefts is now in 56th place in the nation. Last year 13,556 vehicles were stolen in Phoenix.

Phoenix police say the worst places to get your car stolen are apartment complex parking lots between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Michelle Donati, with AAA Arizona, says drivers need to do what they can to protect their vehicle, such as, "getting your free VIN etching, using the club, using an alarm... basically anything you can do to be proactive to prevent this crime from happening to you is well worth the effort."