Mercedes-Benz ranked number one in luxury class car thefts in America and California saw the most overall thefts according to a recent 2013 National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report that looked at a four-year period (2009-2012). Only 2010-2012 model year vehicles were analyzed in this report. Rest assured though, 83.7 percent of the luxury vehicles stolen within this time frame were recovered.
There were 4,384 luxury vehicles (model years 2010-2012) reported stolen in America between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. Below you will find the highlighted data points of the report.
Thefts by Make and Model
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the only Premium Luxury class model to make the list. Mercedes has the most models on the list with the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class. BMW is the only other brand to have more than one model in the top 10 with the 3 Series and 5 Series.
Thefts by Class
- Compact Luxury: 2150
- Mid-Sized Luxury: 1734
- Premium Luxury: 500
Compact Luxury vehicles accounted for 49 percent of the total luxury vehicle thefts while the Mid-Sized category made up for 39.6 percent. The Premium class had the least amount of thefts at 11.4 percent but were the most likely to be unrecovered at 34.4 percent.
Top 10 Theft States (2009-2012)
- CA: 1063
- FL: 674
- NJ: 453
- NY: 404
- MI: 230
- TX: 229
- GA: 141
- IL: 132
- PA: 112
- MD: 109
From 2009-2012, these 10 states had the most vehicle theft in the U.S., which account for 3,547 of the overall 4,384 total or 81 percent. South Dakota and Wyoming were the safest states with only 1 reported stolen luxury vehicle for each.
Top 10 Theft Core-Based Statistical Areas (Region)
- New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA: 806
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA: 491
- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL: 452
- Detroit-Warren-Livona, MI: 218
- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: 143
- San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA: 142
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA: 121
- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: 108
- Chicago-Joilet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI: 86
- San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marco, CA: 81
Regions within California appeared on the top 10 list three times, more than any other state.
Unrecovered Thefts by Make and Model
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Among reported thefts there are a number that are also unreported. Of the 4,384 reported stolen, 713 still remain unrecovered as of March, 31, 2013. By region, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island CBSA had the highest amount of unrecovered luxury vehicle thefts (257) with Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL coming in second (115) and Los Angeles- Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA rounding out third (70).
NICB Report Info
Only National Crime Investigation Center (NCIC) entries with valid VINs, which could be decoded for make and model, were included in this report. The Automotive News' Data Center was used to define the luxury makes and models found in this report, which are broken down by these classes: Compact Luxury, Mid-Sized Luxury and Premium Luxury.