Our fine government is a model of efficiency. Why just a week ago, the statistics for year 2007 vehicle thefts were published in the June 10, 2009, Federal Register. I’d hate to think how long these stats would have taken to compile without the advantage of computerization. I digress. Let’s take a look at the data.
According to the publication,
This document reports data about passenger motor vehicle thefts that occurred in calendar year (CY) 2007 including theft rates for existing passenger motor vehicle lines manufactured in model year (MY) 2007. The preliminary theft data indicate that the vehicle theft rate for CY/MY 2007 vehicles (1.86 thefts per thousand vehicles) decreased by 10.6 percent from the theft rate for CY/MY 2006 vehicles (2.08 thefts per thousand vehicles).
Publication of these data fulfills NHTSA’s statutory obligation to periodically obtain accurate and timely theft data, and publish the information for review and comment.
The 2007 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2007 vehicles of that line stolen during calendar year 2007 by the total number of vehicles in that line manufactured for MY 2007, as reported to the Environmental Protection Agency. As in all previous reports, NHTSA’s data were based on information provided to NHTSA by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The NCIC is a government system that receives vehicle theft information from approximately 23,000 criminal justice agencies and other law enforcement authorities throughout the United States. The NCIC data also include reported thefts of self-insured and uninsured vehicles, not all of which are reported to other data sources.
The good news is that in 2007 motor vehicle thefts were down from 2006’s numbers. Also good: of the most stolen vehicles, none are classified as light trucks. Shockingly, the most stolen vehicle in 2007 was a wagon! Dodge’s now-defunct Magnum had a theft rate of 12.2599 per 1,000 Magnums. The Dodge Charger “earned” second place with 9.5162 thefts per 1,000 Chargers. Of the ten most stolen vehicles, the domestics accounted for seven and Chrysler is the big winner with four of those. Shockingly, incredibly, dumbfoundingly, the Sebring was number ten with 4.3301 vehicles stolen per 1,000 Sebrings.
Enough about Chrysler. Rolls-Royce was in the top ten, too. Fancy a Phantom? Of the 398 produced for the US, 2 were stolen for a theft rate of 5.0251. Two GM vehicles in the top ten were the Monte Carlo (???) and the Grand Prix, with theft rates of 8.0225 and 6.8736, respectively.
You have to look all the way down to #44 to find a Toyota: the lowly Corolla. It clocks in at 2.1058 thefts per thousand Corollas.
All you Bentley, Ferrari 141/612/430, Lamborghini, Spyker, Jaguar XJ8/L/R, Aston Martin DB9, Maserati, Volvo V70, and SAAB 9-5 owners will be pleased to know that your cars were either so undesirable or too difficult for thieves to steal that your vehicle’s theft rates were 0.00.