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Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles
Fox News ^ | December 10, 2008

Posted on 12/10/2008 12:38:19 PM PST by Stoat

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The Highway Data Loss Institute of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has released its report on the most frequently stolen vehicles in the United States from the 2005-2007 model years, based on the number of claims per thousand vehicles insured.

Unlike a list of the overall number of vehicles stolen, the HDLI tells you the odds that your car will be snatched based on how many others are on the road. It’s like a bad lottery.

Car thieves must also steal their gasoline, because 9 of the top 10 vehicles are some of the largest cars and trucks on the market, including #1, the big daddy Cadillac Escalade ESV.

Except for the one, they’re all American, too. Go, USA!

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Rounding out the top five are the Ford F-250 pickup, standard Cadillac Escalade, Dodge Charger and the Ford F-350.

Least stolen? It’s a three-way tie between the Mercedes-Benz E Class 4WD, Buick Ranier, and Subaru Forester. Only .6 of each were stolen per 1,000 insured.

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#10 (tie) 2005-2007 Honda S2000. 8.1 stolen per 1,000. Average claim: $13,624

 

 

#10 (tie) 2005-2007 Dodge Durango. 8.1 stolen per 1,000. Average Claim: $9,682

 

 

  • #8 2005-2007 Hummer H2. 8.7 stolen per 1,000. Average claim: $18,791.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV. 15 stolen per 1,000. Average Claim: $13,060

1 posted on 12/10/2008 12:38:20 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

The only car on that list I’d actually want to steal would be the S2K. I drove one that belonged to a friend of mine; that thing was a BLAST!!!


2 posted on 12/10/2008 12:43:20 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (God helps those who help themselves. The government helps those who don't.)
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To: Stoat

Who said General Motors vehicles weren’t popular?


3 posted on 12/10/2008 12:44:08 PM PST by madison10
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To: Stoat
Whew!

Glad my Ford 150 Lighting is safe!

4 posted on 12/10/2008 12:44:44 PM PST by SweetCaroline (I would rather suffer than fail to please GOD!)
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To: Stoat

Could one surmise, since they’re almost all American models, that their entry and security systems are substandard in some way to the foreign cars, and therefore make them easier to steal?


5 posted on 12/10/2008 12:46:58 PM PST by Dawn531
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To: Dawn531
A more likely explanation is that the parts are easier to sell, since foreign cars are much rarer.

Almost all stolen cars are parted out, harder to trace that way.

6 posted on 12/10/2008 12:50:20 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Dawn531
A more likely explanation is that the parts are easier to sell, since foreign cars are much rarer.

Almost all stolen cars are parted out, harder to trace that way.

7 posted on 12/10/2008 12:50:29 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: All

I doubt they even want the cars, they are probably stealing cheap parts to sell to mechanics, and autobody shops...Some could be shipped out of USA I suppose...


8 posted on 12/10/2008 12:51:34 PM PST by uncle fenders
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To: Stoat

The work trucks on the list surprise me.


9 posted on 12/10/2008 12:54:07 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Stoat

Anyone notice all of these vehicles would hold a lot of illegals....I mean people.


10 posted on 12/10/2008 12:55:45 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Dawn531
Could one surmise, since they’re almost all American models, that their entry and security systems are substandard in some way to the foreign cars, and therefore make them easier to steal?

As is to be expected with 'end of year list' articles like this, they leave out answers to essential questions such as what you pose, which makes the articles far less than fulfilling because they tend to create more questions than they answer.

Other factors involving frequency of theft could be related to demand for complete vehicles and parts domestically and overseas, considering that many stolen cars go to chop shops.

In past years I recall that certain car models were popular among thieves because things such as their seats were incredibly expensive to buy, and oftentimes the parts ultimately went back to other theft victims who bought replacement parts.

There's quite a lot to the dynamics of the stolen car markets and it's a shame that Fox didn't provide any context for this list.

11 posted on 12/10/2008 12:55:46 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat
Hypothesis: they are gas guzzlers and people might have left the doors unlocked and keys in the ignition in order to collect the insurance and buy a better mpg vehicle.
12 posted on 12/10/2008 1:01:21 PM PST by In veno, veritas (Please identify my Ad Hominem attacks. I should be debating ideas.)
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To: uncle fenders

Friend of mine had LoJack on his car, by the time they found it it was already on the dock being loaded onto a freighter. Forget the destination, but somewhere in the Caribbean.


13 posted on 12/10/2008 1:07:29 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Stoat
Somebody stole the running board off my son's Explorer IN OUR DRIVEWAY in the middle of the night. Left the nuts sitting in a neat little pile.

Can only buy a pair to replace it, for $500. No WONDER they stole it.

14 posted on 12/10/2008 1:08:39 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Stoat

Car thieves don’t usually steal cars for resale or to drive. Cars are stolen so that they can be sent to chop shops and cut up for parts and scrap.


15 posted on 12/10/2008 1:22:13 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: madison10

Maybe the thieves are just restealing the cars they have already stolen...doing so would cut down on overhead...


16 posted on 12/10/2008 1:23:25 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Travis T. OJustice
The work trucks on the list surprise me.

They're worth big money in Mexico.

17 posted on 12/10/2008 1:24:45 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: AnAmericanMother

My dad has had 2 driveshafts stolen from his chevy p/u. Try explaining that to your insurance company.


18 posted on 12/10/2008 1:27:56 PM PST by wordsofearnest ("The fundamental solution (w/b) that there is no longer any need to immigrate")
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To: B-Chan

That doesn’t really seem to jive with the numbers...Caddillac Escallade -claim $13K-it’s a $60K vehicle. Doesn’t sound like parting out but joy riding.


19 posted on 12/10/2008 1:28:30 PM PST by Sudetenland (Those diplomats serve best, who serve as cannon fodder to protect our troops!)
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To: SweetCaroline; All
Whew!

Glad my Ford 150 Lighting is safe!
 

Well, you can go to this page and plug in your vehicle model year, and you may be able to gauge more accurately 'how' safe, statistically speaking, your vehicle may be from theft

HLDI Insurance losses by make and model

We all need to remind ourselves that the vehicles featured in this minimal and rather uninformative Fox News article are only the top ten....a whole lot of other vehicles are also stolen every year.

20 posted on 12/10/2008 1:28:54 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat
I wonder if the Escalade's numbers include the ones "commandeered" by New Orleans PD during Katrina, LOL!
21 posted on 12/10/2008 1:30:08 PM PST by Ken H
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To: Stoat

I love it when they catch these guys. Had a 1978 Ford Bronco stolen from my driveway in the middle of the day - never found.

22 posted on 12/10/2008 1:34:35 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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To: Stoat

Why would anyone steal a Dodge Magnum? That turkey looks like a hearse!!!

23 posted on 12/10/2008 1:36:36 PM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Stoat

‘#8 2005-2007 Hummer H2. 8.7 stolen per 1,000. Average claim: $18,791. ‘

I’ve got one. Don’t understand how the ‘average claim’ is 18,791, given the cost ‘off the lot’ is close to 70K.


24 posted on 12/10/2008 1:39:38 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: SIDENET

This is the least stolen car.

25 posted on 12/10/2008 1:41:01 PM PST by MooseMan (This space intentionally left blank.)
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To: Ken H
I wonder if the Escalade's numbers include the ones "commandeered" by New Orleans PD during Katrina, LOL!

I don't believe that I will be able to comment on your entirely valid and supremely relevant question because doing so would most likely cause me to be classified as a Racist And Perpetrator Of Hate Speech by the incoming Administration.  I have no desire to spend the next four years (at minimum) in prison because they will also take the stoatmobile away from me and give it to a  "deserving, underprivileged member of The Community."

 

spliff 

 "A  deserving, underprivileged member of The Community".

26 posted on 12/10/2008 1:42:48 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Badeye
Don’t understand how the ‘average claim’ is 18,791

I'm guessing that for these average claim figures they are factoring in not only the vehicles where the full replacement value was claimed but also those which were only damaged and / or recovered and required far less than full replacement value in the insurance claim.

27 posted on 12/10/2008 1:46:52 PM PST by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

Hmmm. I guess thats what it is.


28 posted on 12/10/2008 1:49:06 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: mollynme

The Dodge Magnum is my favorite of the current Chrysler body styles, with the exception of the new Challenger.


29 posted on 12/10/2008 1:52:33 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: Dawn531

Yeah, you could. Most of them have computer chip keys that are supposed to make them harder to steal... but their chip readers break so often that bypass information is freely available on the net and many owners do it as a precautionary measure!


30 posted on 12/10/2008 2:31:13 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

“Foreign” cars are actually more common... but since the demand for their parts is lower, seeing as how they break less, there’s less reason to steal them in general.


31 posted on 12/10/2008 2:32:49 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: mollynme

Because a large pecentage of Magnums are outfitted with wheels and stereo systems worth more than the rest of the car.


32 posted on 12/10/2008 2:33:31 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
Other than some tranny problems with one of the Fords, they just keep ticking along (Explorer with 170K, another Explorer with 180K, Expedition with 200K, and a brand new (to us) F-150 with 57K).

In contrast, both our Volvos blew their engines (one oil pump failure, another threw a rod) and we used to have a Triumph (nuf ced).


33 posted on 12/10/2008 2:56:33 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Um, if the Volvos came from the 90s or later, they’re Fords.

Ford trucks seem to do okay, but most of their cars are just miserable. By the way, have you had the fire recall done on your Ford trucks yet?


34 posted on 12/10/2008 3:06:34 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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Had a chat with my service rep about that one - - they're not sure it's true, but they've put in the replacement parts just the same.

One of the Volvos was an '84 the other was a '96 850 Turbo (which was the street sleeper of all time, it would blow the doors off almost anything. But - a FIVE-banger?).

I know tons of people with F-150s (it's the standard ride for hunting retriever people - fits three or four dog crates in the back depending on how you configure it) and EVERYBODY loves them, nobody's had any problems with them. Our neighbors on both sides have F-150s, one has almost 300K miles on it and no problems.

Our last Ford car was a '69 Torino, and that was a great car. We put over 250K miles on it and sold it for what we paid for it.

35 posted on 12/10/2008 3:11:46 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Spktyr

The Windstar we had was a dog, though. Never buy the first model year of ANYthing. At least it was all fixed under warranty.


36 posted on 12/10/2008 3:12:38 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother
"Not sure it's true?????"


37 posted on 12/10/2008 3:15:16 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Almost all the Windstars were crap, even the “fixed” ones... which weren’t. They renamed it the FreeStar, but people still avoided it when they found out it was a Windstar with all the Windstar problems.

It was so bad, Ford no longer sells a minivan of any kind because it drove all the customers away.


38 posted on 12/10/2008 3:16:58 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
Yep. Not sure.

Used to be an arson investigator, let's say I'm a skeptic whenever anybody makes that sort of sweeping claim.

The little kid posed next to the vehicle is a dead giveaway that somebody is after money. I can hear the plaintiff's lawyer making the closing argument right now.

39 posted on 12/10/2008 3:17:27 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Stoat

Hey, at least the car thieves appreciate US auto companies!!


40 posted on 12/10/2008 3:19:34 PM PST by Enchante (Obama, time to throw your good pal Gov. Blago under that bus!!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Um... actually, that was me taking the pictures. Those pictures were not given to anyone or seen in any court. I happened across the truck at a storage place one day and took the pictures. This occurred after the recall had been issued, and the owner hadn’t made it in to have the recall service performed.

The cruise control/brake master cylinder fire is a KNOWN and REPRODUCIBLE defect in Fords with that type master cylinder.


41 posted on 12/10/2008 3:20:28 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

The minivan market in general has been crashing, not just at Ford. Edmunds had an article awhile back about Chrysler “gambling” on minivans when everybody else was going to crossovers.


42 posted on 12/10/2008 3:21:10 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Except even Kia and GM *have* minivans on offer... Ford doesn’t.


43 posted on 12/10/2008 3:23:00 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
I think what my service rep was complaining about was that they were recalling all cruise controls regardless of whether the model was involved in any fires.

I'm glad those pics weren't involved in a court case, but let's just say I've seen an awful lot of them that were, and they weren't always "truthful and accurate representations of the matter observed by the witness".

44 posted on 12/10/2008 3:23:39 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Spktyr

And which mfr is it again that doesn’t need a bailout?


45 posted on 12/10/2008 3:24:46 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: Stoat

Wonder if Terry McAuliffe still drives that big ass Escalade?

Had Vanity Plates that read “DNC”. We ragged on him that it was for “Does Not Conserve” and “Does Not Care”.


46 posted on 12/10/2008 3:27:55 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (It's no longer the Press Van, it's a "Tanker" Truck!)
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To: Spktyr

I saw a Ford pickup’s battery ignite in the parking lot of the gym I go to. It sent up a flame that caught the whole hood on fire, fire department came out and put it out.

I jumped in my car parked right next to it and moved it down a few spaces. LOL.


47 posted on 12/10/2008 3:28:12 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: AnAmericanMother

You mean other than Toyota, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Mercedes, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ferreri, Lamborghini?

Oh, you meant of the domestic marques? Ford - but only because they’ve sold off ALL their acquisitions from the past 20 years. If you subtract the money they got from selling off Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, and Aston Martin, they’re deep in the hole. They’re even going to sell Volvo.

Nice deflection from the quality and fire issues, by the way.


48 posted on 12/10/2008 3:29:12 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Stoat

Subaru Forester is on the least-stolen list for a reason. Monkey with one o’ them and a coupla burly dykes come barreling down the driveway screaming and waving their favorite baseball bats.


49 posted on 12/10/2008 3:37:30 PM PST by flowerplough ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: AnAmericanMother

I didn’t need to present them for a case - as I said, it was at a mini-storage place, and you *know* those things often have cameras out the wazoo. The whole thing was captured on tape anyway.

The service rep may have been complaining, but they weren’t recalling all cruise controls, just the ones with the defective switches and that particular design. You do know why they burst into flames, right?


50 posted on 12/10/2008 3:38:29 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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