A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau found that, of all crossovers and SUVs for model years 2011 through 2013, three Fords were the most commonly stolen models. From January 2010 through December 2013, the Ford Escape, Ford Edge, and Ford Explorer were stolen more than any other crossover or SUV.
Of the 21,711 crossover and SUV thefts recorded by NICB during that time, the 2011-2013 Ford Escape accounted for 1421, the Ford Edge for 1140, and the Ford Explorer for 958. The Jeep Grand Cherokee took fourth place, with 912 thefts nationwide; the Kia Sorento was fifth, with 725 models stolen; the Chevrolet Traverse followed in sixth place; and the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Chevrolet Equinox round out the top ten.
The NICB study also breaks down where crossovers and SUVs are most commonly stolen. California topped the list of the states with most thefts, at 3531, followed by Florida with 1897 stolen crossovers and SUVs, and Michigan with 1834. However, another set of data show that certain metropolitan areas within states have an outsized influence on the report. The New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island metro area, for instance, was the region with the largest number of stolen crossovers and SUVs, at a total of 2530 during the study's time period. Detroit/Warren/Livonia, Michigan, followed in second place with 1701 thefts, and Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana took third place, with 1300 thefts.
Overall, the NICB reports that the increased popularity of crossovers and SUVs has increased the frequency at which they are stolen. In the group's last report on this vehicle segment, which studied the period January 2008 through June 2012, only 19,961 vehicles were reported stolen, or 31 percent fewer than in today's report.