COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Pickup trucks and older model vehicles are again the top choices of thieves according to the latest Hot Wheels report from the Ohio Insurance Institute. But it's not the vehicles that are in demand, but the parts.
"These kinds of parts are extremely valuable in the black market from the standpoint that they just don't make them any more," said OII's Mary Bonelli.
A full size Chevy pickup, older model Dodge Caravan, and full size Ford pickup were the top stolen vehicles in Ohio. They were followed by the Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass/Supreme/Ciera, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Impala, a small size Chevy pickup, and a full size Dodge pickup.
"These are cars that have been on the Ohio hit list for a number of years. We really haven't seen much change," she said.
In 2006 Ohio saw 37,425 vehicles stolen. That number dropped steadily through 2011 when there were only 21,068. Then in 2012 the number went back up slightly to 21,342.
"It's actually the first increase we've had following eight years of declines both nationally and in Ohio," Bonelli said.
Every major Ohio city saw a decrease in auto thefts, except Dayton. Data for 2012 in Columbus wasn't available.