California Leads Nation in SUV Thefts; Mercedes, Land Rover Least-Recovered
Compact Crossovers Most-Stolen By Volume, NYC Metro Hottest Area
SUVs and crossovers are some of the hottest selling cars on the market right now, and they also happen to be some of the hottest cars with thieves as well. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) just released a report of SUV and CUV thefts from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013, concentrating specifically on 2011-and-newer model year vehicles. As was the case with some previous NICB reports, California led among the states with having the highest overall number of thefts, and the New York City/Newark, NJ area being the most active metropolitan area for thefts.
By vehicle category, compact crossovers were the most stolen and least recovered by volume, with 6,981 total thefts and 534 unrecovered thefts. The specific models with the most unrecovered thefts by number were the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a 28 percent non-recovery rate for the Wrangler and a 17 percent non-recovery rate for the Grand Cherokee. The top three models with the highest non-recovery percentage rate were the Mercedes-Benz GL at 37 percent, the Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport at 36 percent, and the Cadillac Escalade with a 30-percent non-recovery rate.
The New York/Newark metropolitan area led with the most unrecovered thefts at 678, followed by the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach area at 189, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area with 127. You can click on the link below for a more detailed report.
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau