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Want a Car That Thieves Don’t Like? Consider a Prius

One way to thwart potential car thieves is to drive a car they don’t steal as often...
November 28, 2012

One way to thwart potential car thieves is to drive a car they don’t steal as often. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that Toyota Prius, the top selling hybrid electric vehicle in the U.S., has both an exceptionally low theft rate and a markedly high recovery rate. A comparison of car theft rates by model years shows that the 2008-2010 Prius had a much lower theft rate (one in 606 vehicles reported stolen) than the average for all 2008-2010 models (one in 78 vehicles reported stolen). Toyota has sold more than 1.2 million of the cars in the U.S., which is about half of all hybrids on the road. Experts say thieves prefer cars that are produced in greater numbers. Frank Scafidi, a spokesman for the NICB, said that parts for Hondas or Nissans, for example, are much more valuable because people tend to keep these cars for a long time.

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