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Mercedes-Benz and California Top Luxury Vehicle Theft Report

The National Insurance Crime Bureau's latest 2013 report for luxury vehicle theft in America released

Toni Avery
Jul 31, 2013

The Details:

  • California is leading state for luxury vehicle theft
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class has highest theft rate
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island has highest theft rate by CBSA region
  • Infiniti G-Series has highest number of unrecovered thefts by volume

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.

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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

    
Make Model Thefts
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 458
BMW 3 Series 471
Infiniti  G Series 405
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 381
Cadillac CTS 326
BMW 5 Series 256
Lincoln  MKZ 226
Acura TSX 190
Lexus IS 177
Mercedes-Benz S-Class  163

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.

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Unrecovered Thefts by Make and Model

         
Make Model Thefts Unrecovered Thefts   Percentage Unrecovered
Infiniti G Series 405 83  20.50%
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 381 80  21%
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 485 78  16.10%
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 163 67  41.10%
BMW 3 Series 471 62  13.20%
BMW 7 Series 126 46  36.50%
BMW 5 Series 256 45  17.60%
Cadillac CTS 326 28  8.60%
Infiniti M Series 124 27  21.80%
Acura TL 150 22  14.70%

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.

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