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Survey: Cadillac Escalade SUV is the car thieves love to steal

By staff
  • The Highway Loss Data Institute calculates the theft rate of recent models
  • The Cadillac Escalade SUV tops the list
  • The Chevrolet Silverado and the Dodge Charger take second and third

New York (Cnnmoney.Com) -- Once again, the high-profile Cadillac Escalade SUV is the car that thieves love to steal, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Each year, 10.8 out of every 1,000 late-model Escalades get stolen, broken into, or have parts ripped off. That's the highest rate of theft claims of any vehicle in America. The Escalade has topped the list since 2002. You may have heard that a lot of Toyota Camrys get stolen. They do. But it's only 1.6 out of every thousand.

The institute looked only at cars from the most recent three model years. These cars all have the latest anti-theft technologies, including engine immobilizers that prevent hot-wiring.

"That won't stop a determined thief from loading a car on a flat-bed truck," said Russ Rader, the institute's spokesman.

According to the institute, the top-ten car-criminal favorites, along with their "theft claim frequency" per 1,000 vehicles, are:

1. Cadillac Escalade 10.8

2. Chevrolet Silverado 8.0

3. Dodge Charger 7.4

4. Chevrolet Avalanche 7.4

5. Infiniti G47 coupe 7.1

6. GMC Sierra Crew Cab 6.7

7. Nissan Maxima 6.5

8. Hummer H2 6.2

9. GMC Yukon XL 6.0

10. Chevrolet Tahoe 5.8

This list excludes medium-duty work trucks, such as the Ford F-250. It also excludes the Dodge Charger Hemi, which the institute counted as a separate model with a theft rate of 7.1.

If included, those vehicles would have ranked 2nd and 7th, respectively.