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Ford tops list of most stolen SUVs

New study reveals most stolen utility vehicles from 2011-2013 model years.

By James_Tate Jun 16, 2014 6:06AM

The National Insurance Crime Bureau, having just released its data on motorcycle thefts in 2013, is back again with a new set of numbers focusing on SUV thefts.

For the purposes of this study, the NICB, a nonprofit group of insurance companies, culled information on thefts of new SUVs and crossovers that occurred between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2013 -- meaning those vehicles from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

Broken down by category, the NICB study shows that crossovers are stolen at a much greater rate than traditional SUVs. Crossover thefts account for 73 percent of 21,711 thefts included in the NICB’s analysis. They also account for nine of the top 10 stolen models in the new NICB report.

1.      Ford Escape
2.      Ford Edge
3.      Ford Explorer
4.      Jeep Grand Cherokee
5.      Kia Sorrento
6.      Chevrolet Traverse
7.      Nissan Rogue
8.      Honda CR-V
9.      Toyota RAV4
10.    Chevrolet Equinox


With 3,531 thefts, California was first among the states, with nearly double the number of thefts reported in Florida, the No. 2 state. Michigan, Texas and New York made up the rest of the top five states with the most SUV and crossover thefts from 2010-2013. The NICB report also broke down thefts among core-based statistical areas (CBSA), a designation applied by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to major cities in conjunction with their corresponding metro areas. The top 10 in thefts among CBSAs are as follows:

1.      New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island (NY/NJ/PA)
2.      Detroit/Warren/Livonia (MI)
3.      Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana (CA)
4.      Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach (FL)
5.      Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta (GA)
6.      Philadelphia/Camden/Wilmington (PA/NJ/DE/MD)
7.      San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont (CA)
8.      Washington, DC/Arlington/Alexandria (DC/VA/MD/WV)
9.      San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos (CA)
10.    Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington (TX)

The takeaway from this NICB report seems to be this: Crossover drivers definitely need to be more wary of potential vehicle thefts, but if you drive a Ford crossover and live in California or in the New York area—keep a closer eye.

[Source: NICB; MSN Autos; photo via MSN Autos]

Jun 16, 2014 9:33AM
I see a lot of people bashing Ford (Fix Or Repair Daily, etc.).  I have owned nothing but Fords & Lincolns since 1995 and ALL of them were VERY RELIABLE requiring nothing more than the normal tires & brakes.  Maybe all the "Ford Bashers" are from the 1970's as if they owned one lately they would see how ignorant their statements are.  Also, the only US AUTO company who did not need a BAILOUT from the Government was FORD as they managed their money & quality of their product wisely.
Jun 16, 2014 7:55AM
What would be the reason for stealing a Jeep Grand Cherokee unless it was just for the spare parts for one you already owned?
Jun 16, 2014 9:36AM
GM would have been tops but the thieves are having issues with the ignitions.
Jun 16, 2014 7:31AM
I had my Ford Escape 2012 broken into from the rear passenger side, and the airbag was stolen. 
This was in Brooklyn NY.  Glad I am out of that infested city.

Jun 16, 2014 7:58AM
Jun 16, 2014 9:05AM
I love my 2000 Ford Explorer it, love it, love it.  It's never broken down on me...
Jun 16, 2014 9:35AM
Makes me glad that I live in a low minority/crime part of the country. 
Jun 16, 2014 9:51AM
Jun 20, 2014 6:58PM
Had several GM products, none were that good but just hoped that I just was unlucky with the brand.  A 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora cured me of that delusion in a big way.  Fords on the other hand have been extremely reliable except for one notable piece of junk, one of Ford's first excursions into compact cars, the Pinto.  I had three Tauruses, 1995 and before.  I sold them after 200K and one is still running today with over 300k on the clock.   Just my experience but, it will take a lot of convincing for me to buy another GM product.  Oh, by the way, good riddance Oldsmobile.  
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