Calif. Leads The Nation In SUV and CUV Thefts

DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 5 -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau issued the following news release:

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a new report that examines thefts of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) reported stolen between Jan. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2012. The data was further filtered to produce thefts for 2009, 2010, and 2011 model year vehicles only. Using those parameters, there were 19,961 SUVs/CUVs reported stolen during the period.

The report reviewed data for market classifications, as defined by Automotive News:


Entry-level Entry-level

Lower mid-range Mid-range

Upper mid-range Premium

Large Hybrid

Premium large SUV pickups Hybrid

The top five makes and models stolen during the period were: Ford Escape (1,014), Chevrolet Tahoe (856), Toyota RAV4 (801), Ford Edge (739), and the Dodge Journey (721). In terms of class, entry-level CUVs reported the most thefts with 6,357. Mid-range CUVs came in second with 3,560, followed by large SUVs with 2,454.

California had the most SUV/CUV thefts with 3,003, followed by Texas with 1,826 and Florida with 1,784.

When examined by core-based statistical area (CBSA), New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA posted the most thefts with 2,438. That was followed by the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA CBSA with 1,229 thefts. The Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI CBSA was third with 1,215 thefts.

Some news reports in recent years have erroneously named the Cadillac Escalade as the "most stolen" vehicle. In fact, based on data going back to 2005, the Cadillac Escalade never attained a ranking higher than No. 11 of the top 25 makes and models stolen each year.

See the analytical report here and a list of all state thefts here.(

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Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411) or by visiting our website at Or, iPhone or iPad users can download the NICB Fraud Tips app to make it easy to quickly send a tip and get a response.

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