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Escalade again tops most-stolen list

The Cadillac Escalade, which starts at $62,495, has ranked as the most-stolen in six of the last seven theft data reports. The Cadillac Escalade, which starts at $62,495, has ranked as the most-stolen in six of the last seven theft data reports. (File)
Associated Press / August 3, 2010

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The blinged-out Cadillac Escalade SUV is once again the vehicle voted most likely to be stolen, according to an insurance industry group.

The F-250 crew cab pickup, Infiniti G37 luxury sedan, Dodge Charger with its high-power Hemi engine, and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 round out the list of the top five vehicles most likely to be the subject of insurance theft claims. Least likely targets of thieves are family vehicles like the Volvo S80, Saturn Vue, and Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Impreza.

The Highway Loss Data Institute, which is part of the Arlington-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, calculated theft claim rates for vehicles from the 2007-2009 model years. The data report thefts per insured vehicles on the road.

The Escalade, which starts at $62,495, has ranked as the most-stolen in six of the last seven reports. A theft claim is filed for one out of every 100 insured Escalades, the group said, and the average insurance payout is $11,934. That compares with an average of $6,883 for all vehicles.

Large SUVs have the highest overall theft losses, with large pickups second. Hazelbaker said trucks are targeted for various reasons. In addition to their looks, large pickups can be used for work or might carry valuable tools or cargo.