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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the 1995 Honda Civic is currently the number one stolen vehicle in America. Russ Rader, a spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), disagrees. Todays car thief isnt interested in smaller, older cars. Todays car thief is on the lookout for the biggest and the best. According to Rader, the Cadillac Escalade ESV has been the star of the show with car thieves for the better part of the decade. The reason the Escalade is the most coveted auto among todays car thief is simple: the Escalade has pop-culture appeal, and thieves are attracted to it. The 2007 Escalade currently has a claim frequency of 15.0 per 1,000 for each insured vehicle year, with an average loss payment per claim of $13,060.

When we say car thieves are looking for the biggest and the best, we mean, car thieves wont just go after big cars and they wont just go after the best cars. Case in point, some of the least stolen cars in the U.S. also happen to be largish SUVs such as the Buick Rainer and the Saturn Relay, and ultra-luxury vehicles such as the Mercedes E Class. The only small car that made the list of Americas most stolen cars is the 2005-2007 Honda S2000 convertible.

Just a few reasons why thieves are obsessed with purchasing oversized autos such as the Cadillac Escalade ESV is pop culture appeal and simply because there are more parts to sell expensive parts. Its no secret that the average Cadillac Escalade is outfitted with over-the top accessories ranging from expensive rims and wheels to innovative gadgets and high-end electronics. Diesel-engine pick-up trucks, such as the Ford F-250 and the F-350, are also common targets for thieves mainly because car cloning rings across the country are currently making a killing off creating duplicates of these vehicles.

Continue reading to find out which cars are the most likely to be stolen and the least likely to be stolen. The list might surprise you.

Americas Most Stolen Cars

1. 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV
Claim frequency: 15.0/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $13,060

2. 2005-2007 Ford F-250 SuperCrew
Claim frequency: 13.1/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $19,250

3. 2007 Cadillac Escalade
Claim frequency: 11.3/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $14,657

4. 2006-2007 Dodge Charger
Claim frequency: 11/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $7,047

5. 2005-2007 Ford F-350 SuperCrew
Claim frequency: 10.7/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $20,138

6. 2005-2007 Hummer H2 SUT
Claim frequency: 10/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $23,771

7. 2005-2007 Dodge Magnum
Claim frequency: 9.9/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $8,926

8. 2005-2007 Hummer H2
Claim frequency: 8.7/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $18,791

9. 2005-2007 Honda S2000 convertible
Claim frequency: 8.1/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $13,624

10. 2005-2007 Dodge Durango
Claim frequency: 8.1/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $9,682

Americas Least Stolen Cars

1. 2005-2007 Ford Freestyle

Claim frequency: 0.8/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $7,759

2. 2005-2007 Saturn Relay
Claim frequency: 0.8/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $5,262

3. 2005-2007 Toyota Prius
Claim frequency: 0.8/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $4,604

4. 2005-2007 Volvo V70
Claim frequency: 0.8/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $3,195

5. 2005-2007 Ford Focus
Claim frequency: 0.7/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $4,980

6. 2005-2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
Claim frequency: 0.7/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $5,919

7. 2005-2007 Buick Terraza
Claim frequency: 0.7/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $8,644

8. 2005-2007 Subaru Forrester
Claim frequency: 0.6/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $4,228

9. 2005-2007 Buick Rainer
Claim frequency: 0.6/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $4,228

10. 2005-2007 Mercedes E Class
Claim frequency: 0.6/per 1,000
Average loss payment per claim: $10,805

Information About Highway Loss Data Institute Reports

The Highway Loss Data Institute is an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Together, the two institutes review insurance claim reports each year to determine theft-frequency rates based on the number of claims filed for every 1,000 vehicles insured annually. The report for the 2008-year was released in October of the same year and it includes 2005, 2006 and 2007 model-year cars, light trucks, and SUVs. Based on the number of claims filed, the IIHS calculates the amount paid to the consumer by the insurance company (average loss payment) made for each claim filed.

Sources

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS)
Highway Loss Data Institute
http://www.iihs.org/

National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)
http://www.greencarreports.com

Forbes.com
America's Most- And Least-Stolen Cars
http://www.forbes.com

Michelle Burton is a published author and contributing editor for Auto Insurance Tips, Trouvé Media, Internet Brands, and Publications International, Ltd.
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