Pickup trucks and SUVs dominate the Top 10 of the most stolen vehicles in USA between 2010 and 2012, according to a report from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), which takes into account partial and total thefts and reflects the cost of each claim.
In first place is the Ford F-250 Super Duty crew-cab with 4WD system, which compared to the overall average of 1.2 theft claims for every 1,000 insured vehicles per year, gives to this pickup a theft claim frequency of 7, said the institute's report.
The index used in the study takes into account that there are some models with more presence in the vehicular universe (the Ford truck F-150 series have been the best selling vehicle in America for 36 years in a row) and calculates two vehicles insured by year or one per semester, since this is the typical cycle to pay the insurance policy.
The 1st one on the list, the Ford F-250, ended with the dynasty of nearly 10 years of the Cadillac Escalade SUV, which fell to the 6th position, not so much because thieves no longer seek it, but because being at the end of its life cycle with declining sales, there are not many of these SUVs in circulation in the United States. In addition, a couple of years ago, General Motors invested millions of dollars to develop new antitheft systems much more sophisticated. The new generation of the Cadillac Escalade should hit the market in 2014.
The Top 10 is mostly made up of trucks and SUVs from General Motors (8 of 10 places), due to its popularity among consumers and the high demand for spare parts due to the wear they suffer because they are mostly vehicles used for heavy work and because in the theft reports are include tools and another work equipment.
Despite the HLDI does not distinguish between partial theft, the report does give an average of the amount paid by insurance companies to their customers for each claim, which can include from the cost of parts replacement or vehicle stolen property inside the vehicle or the entire theft.
The higher cost per claim was for the Ford F-250 with $7,060, which suggests that in most cases it was partial theft since the average price of a F-250 4x4 Crew Cab Diesel engine (one of the most popular in this model), is about $33,000.
On the other hand are the vehicles with less incidence of theft, mostly compact SUVs with 4WD systems which have a high cost per claim, this means that most of them were complete vehicle theft.
According to the study, the Dodge Journey AWD was the least stolen car between 2010 and 2012.