According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Mercedes-Benz is the most likely to be stolen luxury vehicle in the US.
The first three places of the top 10 luxury-vehicle thefts report from the NICB are taken by the S Class, E Class and C Class. Thieves have always had a sweet tooth for luxury vehicles due to their high dollar value and status. The fact that Mercedes has taken the first three places of the top 10 is “a mix of numerous Benz models to target and the fact that they are prized vehicles,” said NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi.
“What our report does not say is how these vehicle were stolen,” he added. “It could be that most Mercedes-Benz drivers leave their keys in their car while having their poodles shampooed whereas BMW drivers are more careful about security. If that is the case then it is more a question about who is driving Mercedes rather than what makes them more attractive to thieves.”
According to Mercedes officials the C-Class is one of the automaker’s best-selling models, therefore the report is no surprise. But thanks to the vehicles’ tracking feature, many of the stolen cars are soon recovered. Still, the number of the Mercedes vehicles stolen was significantly higher than its rival, BMW.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau says that even with the latest technologies such as Bluetooth connectivity, On-Star tracking and GPS positioning customers do not always find their stolen vehicles. From the total of 4,384 stolen vehicles in the NICB report, 713 of them have not been recovered.
“These are vehicles that are more likely to have been targeted by sophisticated organized theft rings which dismantle stolen vehicles for parts, VIN switch them to resell to unsuspecting buyers or export them to other countries,” said Jessica Rust, a NICB senior strategic analyst.
Overall, the percentage of luxury vehicles stolen annually is quite low. From 2009 to 2012 only 4,384 luxury vehicles have been stolen in the US, with California and New York having the highest thefts numbers.