America’s Most Stolen Vehicles

For auto thieves, bigger is better.  There’s a new list out of which vehicles are more likely to be stolen, and SUVs and pickup trucks top the list.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed insurance claims for theft involving newer vehicles. #1? The Cadillac Escalade. It’s alluring not just for what thieves can drive away with, but what they might walk away with.   IIHS’s Kim Hazelbaker says, “The wheels are gone, the interior — the very expensive interior– perhaps with the video players, the head restraints and all of that — that’s been taken out, and all that’s left is pretty much the shell of the vehicle.”

Also on the list? Big pickups like the Ford F-250 and the Chevy Silverado.  They may not seem like flashy targets, but sometimes, it’s what’s inside that counts.  “Some of those thefts are doubtless equipment or very expensive tool sets out of the back,” says Hazelbaker.

Cpl. James Stump, who heads up the Tulsa Police Auto Theft unit, told me stolen vehicles are huge right now in Tulsa.  He says they get around 40 cases a week, and 48 just last weekend alone.   And victims are partly to blame for the problem.  “People are leaving their vehicles running with the A/C on in this heat, as they run into the store,” Cpl. Stump says.  “Many times their vehicle is gone when they come back out.” He also wants people to be on the alert for tow trucks in their neighborhood.  Thieves are stealing cars right in front of homes, and towing them away.  Cpl. Stump says the price or steel is up, and many of the stolen vehicles end up as scrap.

Here’s a list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in Tulsa (from TPD):

Honda Accord is most stolen vehicle in Tulsa

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Ford Explorer
  4. Chevrolet Tahoe
  5. Chevrolet Caprice
  6. Dodge Ram
  7. Ford F-150
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Chevrolet Cavalier
  10. Chevrolet Suburban

To decrease the odds of your vehicle being stolen, police say it’s good to have anti-theft equipment, never leave your car running while running into a store, and, we’ve heard this before… simply lock your doors.

INSURANCE THEFT LOSSES, 2007-09 PASSENGER VEHICLES
Vehicle size/type Claim
freq.
Avg. loss
payment
per claim
Overall
theft
losses
HIGHEST LOSSES
Cadillac Escalade large/very large luxury SUV 10.8 $11,934 $128
Ford F-250 crew 4WD (2008-09) very large pickup 9.7 $9,636 $91
Infiniti G37 2-door (2008-09) midsize luxury car 7.1 $10,324 $71
Dodge Charger HEMI large family car 7.1 $10,118 $69
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 midsize sports car 1.7 $41,229 $68
Hummer H2 4WD very large SUV 6.2 $10,324 $62
Nissan Pathfinder Armada large SUV 4.5 $12,458 $54
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 very large SUV 7.4 $7,571 $54
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew large pickup 8.0 $6,814 $53
GMC Yukon large SUV 5.7 $9,499 $52
LOWEST LOSSES
Volvo S80 large luxury car 0.8 $619 $1
Saturn VUE 4WD (2008-09) midsize SUV 0.7 $1,445 $1
Nissan Murano (2009) midsize SUV 0.7 $1,790 $1
Saturn VUE (2008-09) midsize SUV 0.6 $2,340 $1
Honda Pilot 4WD (2009) midsize SUV 0.8 $1,927 $2
Subaru Impreza (2008-09) small station wagon 0.9 $1,858 $2
Toyota Prius small car 0.8 $2,203 $2
Mini Cooper minicar 0.8 $2,134 $2
Toyota Tacoma double 4WD small pickup 2.8 $619 $2
Toyota Sienna 4WD very large minivan 0.8 $2,203 $2
AVERAGE ALL PASSENGER VEHICLES 2.1 $6,883 $14
Note: Claim frequencies are per 1,000 insured vehicle years; overall theft losses are average loss payments per insured vehicle year; results are for 2007-09 models unless otherwise noted.

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