Mercedes-Benz makes some fine automobiles. The Silver Arrow'd cars are so good, apparently, that thieves can't help but try to steal them. The German brand is at the top of the charts for luxury car thefts in the US, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, with New York City leading the way. (And those New Yorkers complain about Detroit being bad!)

The C-Class was the most stolen model, with 485 ganked between 2009 and 2012 in NYC alone, while the E-Class and S-Class (which also boasted the worst recovery rate, at 59 percent) both finished in the top ten. Following the C-Class was the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G. Not surprisingly, each of these were the most common models in their respective lineups. Los Angeles and Miami are also prime hotspots for luxury car thefts, according to the Detroit News report.

While getting your car stolen is pretty awful, there was one inspiring statistic compiled by the NICB - the average recovery rate across the board was 84 percent, with the Cadillac CTS getting recovered 91 percent of the time.


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      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      so Cadillac is better than Mersadies. in other news the sky is blue.
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        The cars listed are all common cars and quite a bit more common in Europe. There never recovered because you can probably bet their getting loaded onto a ship and taken to other parts of the world. Cadillac isnt a common car outside the US, hence more stay in the states, hence more recovered.
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      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they recovered 9 cadillacs of the 10 stolen.
      denverdave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't they have factory alarms with Immobilizers like vw/Audi?
        Tyler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @denverdave
        You mean like any car in the past 10 years? Yes they do.
      Garaiss877
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this are not good news for Mercedes, because it shows that they cars are most easy to stole... shame...
        C Mobutts
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Garaiss877
        I don't think its good for any car to be stolen, no matter how easy it is.
      luxury_car_london
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cars listed are all common cars and quite a bit more common in Europe. There never recovered because you can probably bet their getting loaded onto a ship and taken to other parts of the world.
      jak3bb14
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don’t get it. Mercedes all have computer immobilizers which will not start the car without the key. The only way to steal them is with a flatbed truck or to get the key from the owner. Flatbed because most Benzs now have all wheel drive. I think BMW is pretty much the same. The keys have a rolling code which can not be copied. Not just “more difficult” – impossible. - Jake from http://www.4-insure.com/blog/
      JB
      • 1 Year Ago
      How are they stealing them? By Hot wire? Lol! Towing then stripping? These are premium luxury cars right?
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        http://youtu.be/vi14uxeElWg There are computer programs apparently…
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        Im sure at that level, said theft rings are well connected enough to have keys made for the cars they choose to take.
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