Those Cadillac Escalade owners out there who thought they were driving something special based on supposidly high-theft rates have been taken down a notch or two by none other than the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Earlier today, the organization released a new report examining “thefts of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) reported stolen between Jan. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2012.”
In it, vehicle thefts were broken down to include only 2009,2010 and 2010 model year vehicles – that is, those newer SUVs and CUVs that, I assume, are coveted by only the most discerning of car thieves.
But I digress.
In addition to a current listing of vehicles that owners are most likely to be parted from and in which states these farewells most often occur, the NICB pointedly laid to rest yet another urban legend:
“Some news reports in recent years have erroneously named the Cadillac Escalade as the ‘most stolen’ vehicle. In fact, based on data going back to 2005, the Cadillac Escalade never attained a ranking higher than No. 11 of the top 25 makes and models stolen each year.”
According to the NICB, thieves were far more interested in Fords, Chevys and Toyotas; with the top five makes and models stolen (actual numbers in parenthesis) during the period appearing on this short list:
1. Ford Escape (1,014)
2. Chevrolet Tahoe (856)
3. Toyota RAV4 (801)
4. Ford Edge (739)
5. Dodge Journey (721)
Further broken down into vehicle classes, entry-level CUVs topped the list with 6,357 incidents, mid-range CUVs were second with 3,560, while the large SUV segment came in third with 2,454.
On the street where you live
With apologies to Lerner and Lowe for the above reference, as any insurance agent can tell you, location is everything. Therefore California, as you might expect, led the way with 3,003 thefts, followed by Texas with 1,826 and Florida with 1,784.
Those of you in the core-based statistical areas (CSBA) of New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA and the Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI shouldn’t be feeling left out, however, as your areas placed first (2,438), second (1,229) and third (1,215), respectively, in thefts of these types of vehicles.
What you can do
Despite the tongue-in-cheek approach, vehicle theft is hardly fodder for amusement so consider the following words from the sponsor of the report:
Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our website at www.nicb.org. Or, iPhone or iPad users can download the NICB Fraud Tips app to make it easy to quickly send a tip and get a response.