• Dec 8th 2008 at 7:58PM
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Drumroll please! The 2008 Top 10 most popular cars among car thieves are... The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute recently released their list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles for 2008, and trucks and SUVs are the biggest target. We wonder if this might reflect some people finding a nefarious way to dispose of their gas-guzzler and collect the insurance money. Hopefully that's not the case, but seriously, if you were a car thief, would you want a land yacht instead of a canyon carver?

For whatever reasons, the most targeted vehicles aren't necessarily the most drool-worthy ones on the road. Thieves tend to go after vehicles that easily blend in with traffic, can be sold for parts or are popular in foreign markets where they can be dumped quickly. Big vehicles also tend to spend more time parked in driveways or on the street rather than in garages, so they're more easily accessible by naydoers. The IIHS looks at insurance-claim reports to determine theft-frequency rates and compile the Most Stolen Vehicle list. The figures are reported in number of claims filed for every 1,000 vehicles insured each year, and this most recent report covers vehicles made and sold between 2005 and 2007.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny how a lot of these vehicles are highly coveted by the bling bling/hyphe/live beyond your means crowd.
      • 6 Years Ago

      So the Escalade tops at least one list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would guess that quite a few of this vehicles end up in Russia or South America or such places.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Except for the Honda S2000, they're all huge SUVs or trucks that are better to drive if you steal them rather than own them.

      My guess is that they're abandoned as soon as their gas tanks are empty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised to see that the list is made up entirely of newer models.

      During the 90's most of the vehicles on this list were 80's GM's because they were easy to steal (still are of course, there are just fewer left on the road). So it would stand to reason that 90's cars would be most at risk now as they are still quite easy to find and the weakness' of individual models would be well known in the criminal world.

      It also makes you question the effectiveness of modern immobilizer keys and other anti-theft measures if thieves are not being deterred to older models.
        • 6 Years Ago
        okay so I guess that they were only looking at cars made between 2005-2007.

        So basically forget everything I said after "hello"

        darn short attention span.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm...alot of escalades and hummers...what does that say about the people stealing these things? (and i dont mean in relation to gas milage, lol)
      What goes around comes around. I hope they get their 24" gold plated spinning rims stolen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't even know how an F-250. (1/4 of the earth) Gets stolen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh. No Acura Integras/RSXs or Honda Civics (ricer)?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars nobody wants but everybody wants to steal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With regard to Lojack, immobilizers keys, and other theft deterrents - one problem some areas suffer are rogue tow truck drivers. We had a couple of major theft rings broken up were the m.o. was to just put the vehicles on hooks or flatbeds and take off. It's far less obvious that the removal is a theft when a tow truck takes it than seeing someone breaking in and driving off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a feeling your remark may have some merit (the one about people dumping vehicles to get out of debt). I read a story, maybe even on here, about people dumping and torching their vehicles. In particular, a guy torching his GMC Yukon (and getting caught).

      Some industries must just do better in a recession though. I have 4 friends who recently bought brand new Escalades or ESV's. All of which moved up from a vehicle that was around 10 years old. Guess they shouldn't park them on the streets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      you guys should have called this post "Top 10 Most EASILY Stolen Vehicles in 2008"
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