Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series top most stolen luxury cars
Among luxury cars, the compact German models were favorites of thieves from 2009 to 2012.
Car thieves must see them in exactly the same way, as the two compact German models have been the most stolen luxury cars in America, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The nonprofit group, which collects theft data for insurance companies, ranked the 1994 Honda Accord and 1998 Honda Civic as the most stolen car models in the country, spots these low-cost models take nearly every year.
Among the 4,384 luxury cars reported stolen from 2009 to 2012, 485 were late-model C-Class cars and an additional 471 were 3-Series. The Infiniti G wasn't far behind at 405 cars. The NICB looked at stolen vehicle reports with valid vehicle identification numbers (VINs) sent to insurance companies for model years 2010-2012.
Two other Mercedes models, the E-Class and S-Class, ranked fourth and last on the NICB's top 10 list of stolen luxury cars. The BMW 5-Series ranked sixth. Other big theft targets included the Cadillac CTS, Lincoln MKZ, Acura TSX and the Lexus IS. California racked up nearly a quarter of all thefts, followed by Florida, New York and New Jersey. But among metro areas, the New York, northern New Jersey and Long Island region recorded the highest number of luxury car thefts -- about 60 percent higher than the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region -- and the most stolen cars that were never found.
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Nearly 20,000 late-model SUVs and crossovers were stolen in the United States from 2008 to the first half of 2012. Non-luxury brands such as the Ford Escape and Chevrolet Tahoe were the most stolen, according to the NICB. And despite New York and New Jersey getting a bad rap, another recent NICB study based on population and FBI reports showed that California and Washington have the highest per-capita auto theft rates in the country.
We'd say garage your vehicles and lock your doors, but in reality, if someone really wants your car, they're just going to take it.
I think I've seen a new article each week for the last few weeks that list a different car each time to be the top vehicle of choice for thieves. I think the last article was saying that the Ford F series trucks were beating out the used to be top of the stolen list's Escalade.
Let's face it. It doesn't matter what type of car it is unless you're a crook running a black market business looking for certain parts for your customers. Most thieves just see a car, know they want it, and take it or at least try to take it.
Take my car ....Please!
Not having a fat wallet leaves me out of any equation about wondering if my slick Benz or Bimmer is going to be heisted from the parking lot of some trendy store. I have a 14 year old sled, and virtually nothing at all works on it anymore, including three of the windows, the sunroof, A/C, ABS brakes, CD player and a holy host of other gadgets and attachments. Additionally, if it weren't for the 100 yards of duct tape on the seats, there wouldn't even be an interior. I've had dreams where I leave the car parked along a busy street, unlocked, with the keys in the ignition... hoping that some poor schlub would somehow steal this barge.... and then I wake up to the horrible reality that it's still in my driveway.
Peace to all ~
Simple solution? Just buy and learn to drive a car with a manual 6 speed transmission.
Most of the testosterone and adrenalin geniuses won't bother with them.
You'll have the time of your life mastering shifting gears at redline.
Of course when your insurance company downloads your cars computer Rev limit bump log they'll increase your premiums. Happy happy happy.
Stealing cars can net big bucks. Most chop shops will hand you anywhere from $500-$2000 a vehicle. Most car thieves will steal 1-4 cars a night. So I am assuming that chop shops are paying $500 per 3 series and $1000 per 7 series. $500-5000 for a nights work?
I always disable my vehicles. I have never, nor will I ever have a car stolen. From battery disconnect switches, to ignition disable, coil disable etc. Many ways to disable a car. Very few car thieves will use a truck to steal a car. they would rather just jump in and go, If it takes them three minutes or more, they wont do it. Also, too many reality shows have taught people how to steal cars. It is unbelievable what you can learn on daytime TV, prompting new car thief recruits
HEY, I KNOW ONE CAR THEY'LL NEVER STEAL , MY RED APPLE KIDDIE-CAR!
I WAS A TERROR WHEN I WAS A KID! I CONTROLLED THE STREET..., I MEAN THE SIDE-WALK!
People need to drive boring cars to keep them from being stolen. I had a Volvo S70 four door sedan, drove it for years, and no one ever looked at it.
This was the Phoenix Metro area 1998-2004. Supposedly, the highest point of departure for fenced Mexican imports.
I never worried a day. Fantastic car, too.
I have the 3 series I better keep a watchful eye on that sucker!!! :)
If they punished them the right way .... they won't steal them. They changed the law calling a car theft " a unauthorized use a vehicle" ... in other words ... they just simply forgot to ask permission. TRUE ! Remember the good ol days when they hung horse thiefs. The easier we are on crime the more we have.
Its not cool that they didn't do a good job of stressing which year models are being stolen. If they are talking about older model C-Class and 3-Series cars...that's important to know. I own a 2012 C-Class and I read this because I needed to know if I should be concerned. For example reading other similar but more informative articles we know that if you bought your car after 2009 you are less likely to make this list. Anyone who recently bought one of these vehicles should not be concerned that they will be a target.
Fact: Most stolen vehicles need a higher age and a lower resale value to be worth stealing. There is not a ton of customers looking for stolen vehicles at around 20k+
Any one with a 2008 or earlier model should consider buying a club or brake lock if they are concerned.
I do not have a luxury car; still use a CLUB and Viper alarm (no matter where I park in Calif.)
Even though I do leave it open when I work in Bev. Hills!
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