According to CCC Information Services Inc.'s 2005 most stolen vehicle report, just slightly more than one of every 200 registered 2001 BMW M Roadsters was stolen last year, making it 2005's most stolen vehicle. Filling out the top three are the 1998 Acura Integra and 2004 Mercury Marauder. A technology provider to the automotive claims and collision repair industries, CCC processes more than 1 million automotive claims-related transactions each day, resulting in an extensive database of vehicle information. The company identifies the most-stolen vehicles by analyzing total loss claims it receives from more than 350 property and casualty insurers in North America and reviewing only those vehicles whose theft has resulted in a total loss.
CCC then compares its stolen-vehicle data against vehicle registration volume information provided by R. L. Polk & Co. to determine the rate of theft as a percentage of registered vehicles. The vehicle with the highest theft percentage is deemed the year's most stolen vehicle.
2001 BMW M3 Roadster
"We can't say exactly why they were stolen, but some details point to interesting trends contained within the list of the top 25 most stolen cars of 2005," said Mary Jo Prigge, CCC's president of Operations. "For instance, our data suggest some cars are stolen for the value of their parts, which may explain why we often see a `clustering' effect with same make and model vehicles from sequential model years. The data also point to a high proportion of stolen cars that are built for speed, such as the BMW M Roadster, the Audi S4, the supercharged Jaguar XJR and the Mercury Marauder, all of which appear on the top 25 most stolen vehicles list in 2005."
The pattern of `clustering' most frequently occurs with upper midsize cars like the Acura Integra, which accounts for eight of the top 25 most stolen vehicles. The Integra, along with the Suzuki Aerio (positions 12 and 13 on the list), are also part of a trend among what is commonly referred to as `tuner' cars. These cars are popular with street racers, who look for vehicles packing a powerful motor in a lightweight and efficient package.
Perhaps most surprising is that in spite of escalating fuel costs, the Full-size Utility vehicle segment, including the Cadillac Escalade and Land Rover, remains the most stolen vehicle segment. In addition, after dropping off the top five of most stolen segments for the year 2004, the Heavy Duty Station Wagon vehicle segment, which includes those vehicles known for their gas guzzling, such as a Chevrolet Suburban or Hummer, has reappeared to take over the second-most stolen segment.
Information on Make, Age and Segment of vehicle:
• The high number of stolen Hummers makes it the most stolen make of vehicle for 2005, followed by Acura, Land Rover, Honda and Suzuki
• The top three vehicle segments with the highest rate of theft for 2005 were: Full-size Utility (e.g., Cadillac Escalade), Heavy Duty Station Wagon (Chevrolet Suburban) and the Upper Mid-size Car segment (Acura Integra)
The most stolen vehicle report is based on total losses identified as stolen and not recovered. CCC does not include temporary auto-related thefts such as "joy-rides" or the theft of car items such as stereos, or thefts that result in a repairable collision. Vehicles from model year 2005 were not included on this report. For more information, visit www.cccis.com
Top 25 Most Stolen Vehicles List:
1. 2001 Bmw M
2. 1998 Acura Integra
3. 2004 Mercury Marauder
4. 1999 Acura Integra
5. 1995 Acura Integra
6. 2002 Audi S4
7. 1996 Acura Integra
8. 1997 Acura Integra
9. 2001 Acura Integra
10. 2000 Jaguar Xjr
11. 1994 Acura Integra
12. 2005 Suzuki Aerio
13. 2004 Suzuki Aerio
14. 1998 Land Rover Range Rover
15. 1998 Jaguar Xjr
16. 2003 Mercury Marauder
17. 2000 Acura Integra
18. 2002 Cadillac Escalade
19. 2000 Audi A8
20. 2000 Audi S4
21. 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600
22. 1995 Land Rover Range Rover
23. 2005 Cadillac Escalade
24. 2000 Honda Civic
25. 2001 Audi S4