Thieves love the Ford Escape
California isn’t just home to the worst traffic—it’s also the state with the most reported SUV/CUV thefts.
According to a report published on Monday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Golden State had the most reports of stolen SUVs/CUVs (3,531) between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2013. Florida came in second (1,897), followed by Michigan (1,834), Texas (1,686) and New York (1,577). In total, 21,711 vehicles were stolen during this period, compared to that of the NICB’s previous report, when only 19,961 thefts occurred.
But in which states and territories would owners be most likely to recover their stolen vehicles? All stolen SUVs/CUVs in Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming were recovered, while Puerto Rico, New Jersey and New York posted the lowest recovery rates at 44%, 72% and 78%, respectively. In over half of U.S. states, over 90% of stolen vehicles were recovered.
In general, Ford makes proved to be most attractive t0 SUV/CUV thieves: the Ford Escape (1,421), Ford Edge (1,140), Ford Explorer (958) were the top three most stolen, followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee (912) and Kia Sorento (725).
In 2012, the most stolen car of any kind was the Honda Accord, with 58,596 thefts.