There were 4,384 luxury vehicles reported stolen between 2009 and 2012, according to the latest National Insurance Crime Bureau Forecast report. While California saw the most luxury auto thefts (1,063), the core-based statistical area (CBSA) with the highest frequency was the New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island area (806).
Top 10 States for luxury vehicle thefts (2009 to 2012):
New Jersey (453)
New York (404)
While the top CBSA, New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island area, covers several states, the rest of the top-five CBSA’s with the most luxury vehicle thefts align with the state rankings: California’s Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana area (491) and Florida’s Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach area (452) placed second and third, followed by Michigan’s Detroit/Warren/Livonia area (218) and Washington/Arlington/Alexandria area (143), which covers Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.
Among the 4,384 thefts, compact luxury cars were the most frequent victims (2,150) by class; midsize luxury (1,734) and premium luxury (500) were the other two categories of luxury vehicle in the breakdown.
Inversely, the class of luxury car with the highest percentage of unrecovered thefts was premium luxury (34.4 percent); a significant margin separated that class from unrecovered compact (14.3 percent) and midsize (13.5 percent) luxury car thefts.
The statistics also break down the thefts by make and model, finding the Mercedes-Benz C Class to be the most stolen luxury vehicle (485).
Following the C Class, BMW’s 3 Series (471), Infiniti’s G Series (405), Mercedes-Benz’s E Class (381) and the Cadillac CTS (326) round out the top five. The first three are compacts, the latter two are mid-sized.
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