That's the title of an article in the Minnesota Post-Bulletin. It looks at the most frequently stolen vehicles in the USA during 2017. I'll leave you to read the details for yourself at the link.
What I'm curious about is, why those particular vehicles? What is it that makes a car or SUV or pickup more or less likely to be stolen? I can think of several factors, but there must be more:
- Local popularity - if there are more of a given make or model of car in a given location, it's more likely to be stolen by sheer weight of numbers.
- User demand - if there are lots of small businesses or independent contractors or farmers who need pickup trucks, more of them are likely to be stolen, because there's a ready market for them.
- Ease of theft - if a given vehicle model is easier to steal because of deficiencies in its security system, it'll be stolen more often because of that.
- Target of opportunity - if youngsters congregate in bars or nightclubs, and a particular car is popular with that social set, it's logical that more of them will be stolen from such concentrations of vehicles.
- External demand - luxury vehicles in particular are often "exported" to other countries in shipping containers. I can therefore see that expensive cars are more likely to be stolen to meet that demand.
What other reasons contribute to a vehicle being more or less likely to be stolen? Can one "thief-proof" oneself to a certain extent by buying a vehicle not as frequently stolen as others? Can anyone offer an informed opinion? I'm curious.