By on July 9, 2013


Prematurely pronounced dead, trucks are back in favor. They never went out of style with one eclectic clientele: Thieves. “Thieves continue to target large pickups and large SUVs at higher rates than other vehicles,” says the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) that keeps track of these things. “No. 1 on this year’s list, the four-wheel-drive F-250 crew cab, has a claim frequency of 7 per 1,000 insured vehicle years, or nearly 6 times the average for all vehicles.”

The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade, formerly the most loved by crooks. The HLDI cites “new antitheft technology on the Escalade, as well as its waning popularity,” as the two likely reasons.

“General Motors has put a lot of effort into new antitheft technology, so that may help explain the decline in the Escalade’s theft rate,” says HLDI Vice President Matt Moore. “On the other hand, sales of the Escalade have fallen in recent years, so there may be less of a market for stolen Escalades or Escalade parts.”

If you want to find your car where you left it,  get a Toyota Sienna 4WD, or a Jeep Compass. Thieves hate them.

Vehicle size/type Claim feq. Avg. loss pmt per claim Overall theft losses
Ford F-250 crew 4WD very large pickup 7.0 $7,060 $50
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew large pickup 6.7 $5,463 $37
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 very large SUV 6.1 $6,163 $38
GMC Sierra 1500 crew large pickup 6.0 $6,366 $38
Ford F-350 crew 4WD very large pickup 5.6 $7,517 $42
Cadillac Escalade 4WD large luxury SUV 5.5 $6,508 $36
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 very large SUV 5.4 $4,468 $24
GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab large pickup 4.7 $5,908 $28
GMC Yukon large SUV 4.5 $6,276 $28
Chevrolet Tahoe large SUV 4.4 $5,367 $23
Dodge Journey 4WD midsize SUV 0.4 $5,016 $2
Volkswagen Tiguan 4WD small SUV 0.4 $10,352 $4
Audi A4 4-door midsize luxury car 0.4 $13,803 $5
Acura RDX midsize luxury SUV 0.4 $8,701 $3
Toyota Matrix small station wagon 0.4 $7,782 $3
Lexus HS 250 hybrid 4-door midsize luxury car 0.4 $2,226 $1
Honda CR-V small SUV 0.4 $4,630 $2
Hyundai Tucson 4WD small SUV 0.4 $4,134 $2
Toyota Sienna 4WD very large minivan 0.5 $13,038 $6
Jeep Compass 4WD small SUV 0.5 $5,527 $3
Note: Claim frequencies are per 1,000 insured vehicle years; overall
losses are average payments per insured vehicle year.. Source:HLDI
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6 Comments on “Steal Me! I’m An F-250...”

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    schmitt trigger

    On a recent visit to Ciudad Juarez, I was advised NOT TO stare, honk the horn or do any rude gestures at any large truck (like the ones in the first list). The reason: those are the favorites of drug cartel lords.

    The local populace sees a truck driving like crazy and running red lights, and they just pull aside. I must add that the police also obey the same “rules”.

  • avatar

    Maybe you should link to the past TTAC article about WHY the previous generation Escalade was so easy to steal?

    No steering lock, easy to push gear selector out of park, very vulnerable to snatch and strip thieves. It could easily be pushed and steered to a safe (deserted) location to remove seats, airbags, body panels, etc. Onstar was pretty much useless as the vehicle was already stripped by the time it was reported stolen.

  • avatar

    Looks like GM did not do to well on that anti theft tech. 8 out of the top ten stolen vehicles are theirs.

  • avatar

    Is there any correlation between theft rates and being too big to fit in 90% of garages?

  • avatar

    From what I’ve learned since getting mine, the SuperDuty series are easy to break into, too – screwdriver to punch out the plastic latch surround and open the lock.

    I am considering a “Jimmy Jammer”, as the most common remedy appears to be called.

    • 0 avatar

      (Likewise the F250 Crew 4WD and F350 Crew 4WD in those specific places probably closely map their sales popularity.

      I can’t even remember the last time I saw a post-99 SuperDuty that wasn’t 4WD, and I see a *lot* of Crew Cabs.

      Might be that the majority of the Extended and Standard cabs are low-spec work trucks [like mine] and thus not as juicy as a Crew with more seats to steal and fancier guts?)

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