Highway Loss Data Institute has rated the Ford F-250 as the most popular vehicle among thieves.

Highway Loss Data Institute has rated the Ford F-250 as the most popular vehicle among thieves.

The Cadillac Escalade has led the rankings since 2003 but now it has been dethroned by the Ford F-250. The survey is based on data gathered between 2010 - 2012 and does not distinguish theft of vehicle parts or contents from theft of the entire vehicle.

The F-250 four-wheel drive crew cab has a claim frequency of seven per 1,000 vehicles insured, resulting in an average loss payment per claim of 7,060 USD. The Escalade has dropped to sixth place with a claim frequency of 5.5 per 1,000 vehicles. There are two reasons of this change; one has to do with the security features introduced in late 2011, while the other is related to declining sales.

Pickup trucks and SUVs remain a big attraction for thieves as the F-250 is followed by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Avalanche 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and the Ford F-350. After the Escalade we find the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe.

The models with the lowest theft claims are the Dodge Journey (4WD), Volkswagen Tiguan (4WD), Audi A4 sedan, Acura RDX, Toyota Matrix and the Lexus HS 250h.

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Ford F-250 is the most popular vehicle among thieves - report