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Report: Escape, Tahoe are most stolen late-model SUVs

Thieves prey most in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit, according to stats from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 6, 2013 11:43AM
Among sport-utility vehicles and crossovers, thieves seem to love stealing the Ford Escape and Chevrolet Tahoe, according to a new theft list released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The nonprofit said that nearly 20,000 late-model SUVs and crossovers were stolen in the U.S. between 2008 and the first half of 2012, with 1,014 Escape and 856 Tahoe models reported to insurance companies as stolen. Only 2009-2011 model-year vehicles were included.

Going down the rest of the list, in order of most stolen: the Toyota RAV4, with 801 thefts, Ford Edge, Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Rogue and Nissan Murano, with 473 thefts.

The Cadillac Escalade, which was reported by another insurance organization, the Highway Loss Data Institute, remains the vehicle most likely to be reported stolen, at more than 10 per 1,000 registered vehicles. But the NICB says that among all reported thefts, the Escalade ranks below the top 10 most stolen cars, since there are plenty more Honda Accord sedans than $80,000 Escalade trucks roaming American roads.

In a statement that will surprise no one, the NICB said thieves in the New York-New Jersey area stole the most SUVs in the country, at 12 percent of the 19,961 total vehicles. The greater areas of Los Angeles and Detroit ranked second and third, respectively. Among states, California ranked highest for SUV thefts, trailed by Texas and Florida. In Vermont, Maine and North Dakota, fewer than 10 SUVs were stolen in the four-and-a-half year period.

Then there are the vehicles that were never found. Among all reported thefts, the Wrangler went on permanent vacation 184 times, followed by the Tahoe, 159; RAV4, 138; and Toyota Highlander, 120. The Escalade ranked fifth at 108 and still lured plenty of criminals, with 459 total thefts. They got away most often in New York, Texas and California. In total, 15 percent of all stolen SUVs were never found.

Lock you doors. And Wrangler owners, please, get a hardtop.

[Source: NICB]

Feb 10, 2013 9:57AM
Drive a manual and you won't have to worry as much.  It's amazing how many people can't drive a stick.
Feb 10, 2013 9:22AM
You see this picture, I can own anything I want, Cause him and his sister stay in the car.  Best burglar system their is>
Feb 10, 2013 1:40PM
Every day hundreds of these vehicles are arriving in containers in Sharjah, UAE. The only time they unload the containers are after sunset. I have been a witness to this since 2008. The funds for this operation originates from Afghanistan which is all US aid money. It's a fact guys, I see it almost every day but I can't do anything about it. 
Feb 10, 2013 8:00AM
I like my Buick Rendezvous, glad the crooks don't! :)
Feb 10, 2013 12:44PM
Great I bought a 2012 in may of 2012 have to keep my eye on it
Feb 10, 2013 5:57AM
I guess the bigger the more drugs you can move from coast to coast. Maybe they resell them or scrap them out. Don't really have a clue though.
Feb 10, 2013 8:16PM

A "Wrangler" is a JEEP!  2 doors and a removable top!


SUVs have 4 doors and hard tops.


Please do not confuse a JEEP with a SUV.

Feb 10, 2013 6:09PM
The Escalades doesn't surprise me, I don't know how many times I've had to walk around one. Sitting just outside a stores entrance, keys in it, engine running. The Tahoes almost as bad. The Escapes, got to have the key in it, as it won't start without the standard equipment P.A.T.S. Chip.
Feb 10, 2013 10:22AM
I can understand the Escape & the Edge, but I wouldn't take a Tahoe or an Escalade if you gave them to me, let alone steal one of them!
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