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Ford Escape most stolen SUV
By Insure.com staff

More Ford Escape vehicles were stolen in the last few years than any other sport or crossover utility vehicle, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The report examined thefts of 2009, 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles between Jan. 1, 2008 and June 30, 2012. A total of 19,961 SUVS and crossovers were reported stolen during the period.

The second most stolen SUV was the Chevrolet Tahoe; 856 of those vehicles were reported stolen, compared to 1,014 Ford Escapes. Other frequently stolen vehicles were the:

  • Toyota RAV4, with 801 reported stolen
  • Ford Edge, with 739 reported stolen
  • Dodge Journey, with 721 reported stolen.
More entry-level crossover vehicles were stolen than pricier mid-range or premium utility vehicles.

California reported the most thefts of SUVs and CUVs, followed by Texas and Florida. The New York metropolitan area beat other large metro areas for most SUV and CUV thefts, followed by the greater Los Angeles area and the greater Detroit region.

The Cadillac Escalade is often reported as the most stolen vehicle, but has never ranked higher than No. 11 of the top 25 makes and models stolen each year in data going back to 2005, the bureau said.

Yet according to a 2011 analysis of insurance claims by the Highway Loss Data Institute, the Cadillac Escalade is more than six times as likely as the average vehicle to be targeted by thieves.

The institute's theft numbers differ from reports by other organizations because they are based on the number of insured vehicles on the road. In contrast, information published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau lists the most frequently stolen vehicles. As a result, the bureau's data reflects the most commonly driven vehicles, not how likely a vehicle is to be targeted, according to the institute.

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