The Most Stolen Cars in the US

Source: Ford

Source: Ford

There’s a new favorite among car thieves—the Ford F-250 has been named the most stolen car in the U.S. by the Highway Loss Data Institute, knocking the Cadillac Escalade from the top spot.

The F-250 pickup had a claim frequency of seven out of 1,000 vehicles over the course of a year, or almost 6 times the national average.

Karl Brauer, senior director of insights for Kelley Blue Book, said the rise in housing starts and increased opportunity for general contract work is driving everything related to trucks, including thefts.

“A rise in market demand means a rise in profit for truck thieves,” he said. “The F-250 Super Duty is the best-selling of the heavy duty trucks, so it has the largest potential market for stolen parts.”

(Read More: Trucks Power Strongest June Auto Sales Since 2007)

The Escalade, which fell to sixth place, had a claim rate of 5.5 per 1,000 vehicles over the course of a year, or about 4.5 times the national average.

The institute said there are two likely reasons for the Escalade’s decline in popularity among thieves.

“General Motors has put a lot of effort into new antitheft technology,” HLDI Vice President Matt Moore said in a press release. “On the other hand, sales of the Escalade have fallen in recent years, so there may be less of a market for stolen Escalades or Escalade parts.”

In fact, theft rates in general are down thanks to antitheft technology like ignition immobilizers, which prevent cars from being hot-wired. The institute said the device was standard in 89 percent of the 2012 models.

Pickups and SUVs were the most popular target of thieves, according to the study.

Top Stolen Cars

• Ford F-250 crew cab 4-wheel drive
• Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab
• Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
• GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab
• Ford F-350 crew cab 4-wheel drive
• Cadillac Escalade 4-wheel drive
• Chevrolet Suburban 1500
• GMC Sierra 1500 model with extended cab
• GMC Yukon
• Chevrolet Tahoe

Least Stolen Cars

• Dodge Journey 4-wheel drive
• Volkswagen Tiguan 4-wheel drive
• Audi A4 4-door
• Acura RDX
• Toyota Matrix
• Lexus HS 250 hybrid 4-door
• Honda CR-V
• Hyundai Tuscon 4-wheel drive
• Toyota Sienna 4-wheel drive
• Jeep Compass 4-wheel drive

The study was based on the number of insured vehicles on the road, and includes theft of the vehicle, vehicle contents or vehicle components.

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