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Pickup Trucks Dominate List of Most Stolen Vehicles

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Contrary to what many believe, pickup trucks are now the most stolen car in the country, Ford F-250's being the leading stolen vehicle.

Researchers at the Highway Data Loss Institute compiled a list of the top five most stolen cars. It is based off of insurance claims made in 2010-2012.

The first five cars on the list were all pickup trucks.

The Ford F-250 has a stolen frequency of seven per 1,000, while the average for other cars is 1.2 for every 1,000.

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The Cadillac Escalade used to be the most stolen vehicle, but now it has fallen to the sixth spot. This is likely due to the car's increased security features and because sales have fallen for that type of vehicle.

In general, theft rates are declining, mainly due to the spread of ignition immobilizers that prevent cars from being hot wired.

The reason for a rise in stolen pickups may be because less pickups than cars or SUVs have ignition immobilizers. Many thieves steal the trucks so they can sell the parts on the black market.

Sources: Daily Mail, IIHS