Top 10 SUVs that are magnets for car thieves

Ford holds top three spots, report says

There are some clubs no one wants to be a part of, and being an owner of a top 10 most-stolen vehicle is one of them.

A recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau broke down the SUVs and crossovers that were most popular among thieves from January 2010 through December 2013. The list would make Henry Ford shake an angry fist.

Ford models held down the top three slots on the list, which was based purely on theft statistics. The Ford Escape was tops with 1,421 reported thefts, followed by the Edge and Explorer. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Kia Sorento rounded out the top five.

So why were thieves targeting these particular models most often? Popularity likely played into the numbers.

America’s top six best-selling SUVs and crossovers were also on the most-stolen list. However, Honda seemed to be a less popular model among thieves, despite its prominence among buyers.

The Honda CR-V ranked eighth in total thefts, with 695 reported, despite sales of over 91,000 vehicles in 2013. According to sales data, only the Ford Escape sold better last year.

Auto industry blog iseecars.com offered condolences to owners of the most-stolen SUV models, writing, “Even if you haven’t had your own SUV stolen, it’s likely that the rates you pay for insurance may have ticked up a notch due to theft rates.”

In total, there were 21,721 SUVs and crossovers with model year 2011 through 2013, reported stolen during the report’s four year sampling period. California drivers experienced the most thefts of any state by far, with 3,531. The second-highest state was Florida, with 1,897 thefts in the same period.

The NICB’s 2013 list of car theft hot spots showed nine of the top 10 cities were in California, a first in the report’s 30-year history.

Here’s the complete top 10 most-stolen SUV and crossover model list:

Chart of most-stolen SUVs:

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