The popularity of sport- and crossover-utility vehicles has resulted in an increasing number of them being reported stolen, according to “SUV & CUV ForeCAST Report,” from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) said 21,711 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) were reported stolen between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013, compared to 19,961 for the previous “SUV & CUV ForeCAST,” which covered the period from Jan. 1, 2008 to June 30, 2012.

“Compact CUVs had the highest number of thefts by class, but the high dollar value premium SUV class was the most unrecovered,” NICB said.

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With 15,785, CUVs had more thefts than SUVs, with 5,926. CUV thefts rose 31 percent from the prior report, while SUV thefts decreased by 25 percent, NICB said. Compact CUVs were the most popular with thieves with 6,981 being reported stolen. Out of the SUV classes, Large SUVs had the most thefts with 2,902, NICB said.

The top five sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles reported stolen between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013 are the Ford Escape, Ford Edge, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Kia Sorento, according to the report.

By vehicle class, compact CUVs experienced the most thefts with 6,981; large CUVs were next with 3,206, followed by mid-sized CUVs, with 3,204. Large SUVs led the SUV type with 2,902 thefts, premium SUVs followed with 1,560 thefts; compact SUVs had 856 thefts. The data includes thefts of 2011, 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles only, National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) said. The Pickup and mid-sized class of SUVs had the least number of thefts, according to the report, due in part to lower production numbers.

The top five states for SUV/CUV thefts were California, with 3,531; Florida, with 1,897; Michigan, with 1,834; Texas, with 1,686; and New York, with 1,577.

By core-based statistical area (CBSA), New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA posted the most thefts with 2,530; followed by the Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI CBSA with 1,701; and the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA CBSA with 1,300.  

NICB said 2,834, or 13 percent, of the SUV and CUV thefts were unrecovered as of March 31, 2014.

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