SUVs and crossovers–or CUVs–are among the most popular new vehicle markets in the U.S. Crossovers in particular have found a lot of new homes over the past few years, with the market exploding with several new models every year. And, naturally, whatever’s popular with buyers quickly becomes popular with car thieves.
According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) ForeCAST report, between January 1, 2008 and June 6, 2012 there were 19,961 SUVs and CUVs, with model years ranging between 2009 and 2011, stolen in the U.S. The report detailed the top ten theft states, top ten make and models stolen, and top ten unrecovered vehicles.
California leads the nation with 3,003 SUV and CUV thefts, followed by Texas, Florida, and New York at 1,826, 1,784, and 1,754 thefts, respectively. Crossovers had more overall thefts than SUVs, with the entry-level crossovers being the most popular; about 15 percent of all thefts remain unrecovered.
Making the list for top SUVs stolen are the Chevrolet Tahoe with 865 thefts, and the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee with 643 and 641 thefts. Ford lead with overall thefts with its Escape, with 158 more thefts than the number two Tahoe. Ford is also the only make to have two vehicles in the same class on the list, with the other being the Edge. All other vehicles had close numbers ranging from 473-856 thefts.
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