When is a Honda Accord more appealing than a Tesla Model S? When you're a thief. The Accord continues to reign as the most-stolen car in the US but the Model S is now claiming a new and interesting title: the least-stolen car in America. Last year, it wasn't even on the list. Of course, sometimes a Model S is stolen and the most famous case ended with tragic results.

Last year there was an eight-way tie for "least-stolen."

For the record, last year there was an eight-way tie for "least-stolen," made up mostly of SUVs and CUVs. The rankings were listed by a value called "claim frequency," which is how many were reported stolen per 1,000 units produced and where lower means it is stolen less. With a 0.4, these were the vehicles least wanted by thieves in 2013: Dodge Journey, Volkswagen Tiguan, Audi A4, Acura RDX, Toyota Matrix, Lexus HS 250 hybrid, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson. This year, the Tesla clocked in with a 0.15. The average vehicle has a claim frequency of 3.51.

Tesla has, of course, worked hard to make the Model S an unlikely target. It can be shut down remotely, it can be tracked and it has a hacker princess and cash prizes working to protect from other attacks. Tesla's Alexis Georgeson told AutoblogGreen that Tesla hasn't been able to verify the "least-stolen" moniker but said that, "We take the security of our cars very seriously and relentlessly continue to improve our vehicles via over-the-air updates, an ability unique to the industry. We will continue to work to stay ahead by providing the most sophisticated tools and technologies in our cars and working closely with security researchers to identify and address potential vulnerabilities."

Value Walk says that another reason for the low theft rate is that there might be very low demand for Model S parts, since the cars are still under warranty and there aren't many on the road. Still, the claim frequency is a fair comparison, and by that metric the Tesla Model S looks just awful to at least one group of people.


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      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Months Ago
      This is not a valuable stat for low-volume vehicles. How many Noble M400's were stolen last year?
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 3 Months Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        A crap ton less than Tesla's. Not to mention the stats here are for every 1000 vehicles sold which account for overall sales numbers.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 3 Months Ago
      Q:When is a Honda Accord more appealing than a Tesla Model S? A:When you want to drive more 150 miles from home.
        Koenigsegg
        • 3 Months Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        a honda accord is never appealing
        • 3 Months Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        Check your facts. Rated range is 265 miles, and Supercharging stations are free to use.
          Grendal
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Edward You can. But you do have to plan more than you would in a gas car. If you want to make a better argument, it is more accurate to say that if you aren't near a Supercharger then if you go more than 250 miles then expect to have a long wait to recharge without excellent planning. EV's are more convenient within their range and less convenient outside of their range. Your normal driving to the beach argument is silly because an owner will know to take the time to find a charger near where they want to go. Let's say you want to go to the beach and it is 200 miles away. You simply research and find a charger that is within walking distance of the beach. You plug in when you get there, have your fun for four or five hours then you'll have enough charge to drive back. That is without a Supercharger. Is that less convenient than a gas car? It is. If this was something you did every week then that inconvenience might be too much. If it is something you do twice year then it's not that big a deal.
          edward.stallings
          • 3 Months Ago
          Range of 265 miles means that you can't drive more than 132 miles from home. For most of us, Supercharging stations are not that close.
          thecommentator2013
          • 3 Months Ago
          Not sure but the 265mi-range is not that easy achievable....
      Grendal
      • 3 Months Ago
      Sadly, one of the few times that someone was successful at stealing a Tesla, the guy in Hollywood managed to hurt a bunch of people before killing himself.
      jessesrq
      • 3 Months Ago
      Other than the occasional joy riding thief, luxury cars are stolen for two reasons: parts and export. Being such a new and low volume car, there is little demand for Model S parts. And being an electric car with limited brand cachet, there is likely no demand from typical "customers", which include crime rings in Eastern Europe, drug cartels in Central and South America, and warlords in Western Africa.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Months Ago
      They should use this point in their advertising.
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Tesla doesn't advertise yet.
      thecommentator2013
      • 3 Months Ago
      Is that necessarily a good thing?
        Nick Kordich
        • 3 Months Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        Yes. To the best of my knowledge, theft rate for cars under five years old has no correlation to the popularity, legitimate resale potential, reliability, ultimate longevity, the cost of maintenance and repairs or anything else that I would be concerned about as an owner. Unless you're a car thief, a lower theft rate is a good thing for a car. As a former Accord owner, I saw absolutely no benefit from my car holding the top spot.
      Jim1961
      • 3 Months Ago
      Regardless of the cause(s), the effect is the Model S is the least stolen car and that's a fact. Does it really matter why it's the least stolen car when it comes to the mind of a potential buyer? Do insurance companies fret over the reasons WHY some cars are stolen more/less than others when it comes to assessing risk of being stolen? Will Tesla get even more free advertising because of it's status as the least stolen?
        Joeviocoe
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Jim1961
        @ Jim1961 --"Do insurance companies fret over the reasons WHY some cars are stolen more/less than others when it comes to assessing risk of being stolen?" YES!... which is why they offer discounts for certain anti-theft technologies.
      James Hoyt
      • 3 Months Ago
      Right , Who would steal a car that could only be driven 300miles???
        Jim1961
        • 3 Months Ago
        @James Hoyt
        Professional car thieves reduce their risk by stealing vehicles as close to their "chop shop" as possible.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Months Ago
      There is no reason to steal a Tesla except to take it for a joy ride. You can't resale the whole car and you can't part it out. When these cars get off their warrantees and it becomes very expensive to replace a screen, drive unit or battery, thefts will rise.
        • 3 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Maybe. There will be more incentive to thieves. However, the fact they can be tracked and shut down so easily definitely works against the thieves.
      That Guy
      • 3 Months Ago
      Even thieves don't want this POS but I think it has more to do with the fact that you have to actually sell the car and have it function for it to be stolen.
        Grendal
        • 3 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Do you have mental problems? Do you "get off" on the fact that you make people angry? I've seen enough of your posts to know that you aren't just an ignorant troll. You know exactly what you are doing. So there must be some personal motivation for your effort to make people angry. As for the Model S, I'm also not sure that you actually hate the car. You just know that people are passionate about it so they are easy prey to get to react the way you want them to. If that is what you are doing then that is not a mentally healthy thing to do. So I ask the original question, do you have mental problems?
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Another sad sack that is mad at Tesla. Why? Maybe he tried to sell Tesla short and lost a lot of money, boo hoo.
        Stang70Fastback
        • 3 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Obvious troll is obvious.
        purrpullberra
        • 3 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Never mind the absurd first statement... "...you have to actually sell the car and have it function for it to be stolen...." is pure retardation. No matter what inane and juvenile 'point' you are trying to make, it is WAY above your lowlife abilities.
        RLC
        • 3 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Awwwww, did Tesla hurt your widdle feewings?
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Months Ago
      Odds are, Teslas are also parked inside a garage, inside a gated community.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        This man is pretty much on point because these cars are going to be parked next to an electrical vehicle charger in either a home or gated condo/apartments. It's generally the least likely vehicle to just be left out in the street and open to the public.
        That Guy
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        And broken......or on fire.
        Grendal
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        There are a lot of cars that fit that fit your scenario - Jaguars, Mercedes, Infinitis, and a host of other expensive exclusive cars. A Model S is just one of many similar cars.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 3 Months Ago
      and has anyone mentioned that the total number of teslas are much much much less than dodges and vws?
        Weapon
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        That is accounted for because you calculate based on % on the road.
        Hek!
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        Yes, that's why the stat is calculated as claims per 1,000 cars sold, not just claims overall.
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