According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, Escalades are most preferred by thieves.
According to the same source, 10.8 out every 1,000 insured Escalades were claimed stolen. The average loss per theft claim was $11,934, the institute said, and one in four claims were for $40,000 or more.
According to Mr. Hazelbaker, “even though Escalades have the latest immobilizer technology, thieves still can put the them on flatbeds and haul them away.”
On the same list we have the Ford F-250 crew cab (2008-9) at a rate of 9.7 per 1,000, the Infiniti G37 coupe and the Dodge Charger Hemi tied for third, with 7.1 claims per 1,000 vehicles.
“In many cases, it’s tough to pinpoint exactly why a vehicle becomes a theft target,” Mr. Hazelbaker said.
“Investigators tell us big work trucks like the Ford F-250/350, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Dodge Ram 2500 are attractive not only because of the vehicles themselves but also because of the tools and cargo they carry.”