Originally posted on CBS Minnesota:
Crossovers and sport-utility vehicles are big business in the U.S. — not just among shoppers, but also with car thieves. Could your ride be targeted next? The National Insurance Crime Bureau has sifted through nearly five years of data to identify the most-stolen models and the areas of the country that criminals prefer.
NICB reviewed car theft stats from January 1, 2008, to June 30, 2012. The organization wanted to focus primarily on thefts of new vehicles, so its study only included crossovers and SUVs from the 2009, 2010, and 2011 model years. That left the NICB with 19,961 incidents of theft to examine.
Four of the five most-stolen SUVs and crossovers came from Detroit automakers:
- Ford Escape: 1,014 thefts
- Chevrolet Tahoe: 856 thefts
- Toyota RAV4: 801 thefts
- Ford Edge: 739 thefts
- Dodge Journey: 721 thefts
But owning one of those vehicles doesn’t necessarily make you a target for crime. Where you live also has a…
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