Most Stolen Vehicles of 2011

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Every year, the Highway Loss Data Institute compiles a list of the 10 most stolen vehicles. The study is based on car theft frequency, which is the number of reported thefts of insured vehicles for every 1,000 vehicles on the road.

HLDI's list is different from other reports because it includes both completely stolen vehicles and vehicles that had something stolen from them.

This is a list any carmaker doesn't want to land on. It also proves that if you own a new pickup, you might want to opt for the upgraded car alarm: Trucks made up eight of the 10 most stolen or broken-into vehicles in 2011.

10. Chrysler 300 Hemi

It’s no surprise criminals are going for a vehicle with the bigger Hemi and with more sporty or blingy accents. This is one of several larger cars that appear on the list.

9. GMC Yukon


HLDI groups all the GMC Yukon models together, including the short and long wheelbases as well as the Denali. It's no surprise the latter is the favorite target. On average, 6.4 Yukons are broken into or stolen for every 1,000 on the road, with an average claim cost of more than $6,600.

8. Chevrolet Avalanche

IIHS Chevy Avalanche II</p> <p>The Avalanche not only affirms the growing trend of thieves favoring domestic brands, but also that the Avalanche is becoming quite popular with thieves who like to strip out interiors and sell to pawn shops and used-parts dealers. Many of the interior upgrades can be sold for use on many other GM pickups and full-size SUVs.

7. Ford F-350 Super Crew 

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No research has been done to determine if thieves are stealing these big tow vehicles to steal other smaller cars, but the big Fords seem quite popular. Seven of every 1,000 vehicles sustain about $9,000 worth of damage.

6. Chrysler 300 V-6

The Chrysler 300 V-6 is a popular car to steal because of its fuel saving technology, oddly enough. Perhaps even thieves want to save money on gas.

5. GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

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Thieves don't necessarily seem biased toward or against GMC or Chevy, but they do appear to be drawn to four-doors. This GMC pickup has an insurance claim frequency of 7.4 for every 1,000 vehicles, with just over a $6,000 repair average.

4. Ford F-450 Super Duty Super Crew

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Another popular target is the Ford F-450 Super Crew 4WD Super Duty, which makes sense since most of the non-commercial models have the King Ranch option package. The average cost of repairs is markedly higher than any other vehicle on the list, with a repair cost of almost $12,000 on average. 

3. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

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Like a rock, some thieves are still staying true to domestic-made vehicles even as we near the top three most stolen vehicles of 2011. Almost 10 Silverado half-tons out of 1,000 were stolen in 2011, with an average repair cost under $5,000.

2. Ford F-250 Super Duty Super Crew 

IIHS Ford Super Duty F-250 II

The most popular Ford F-Series is the smaller Super Duty, with almost 10 out of 1,000 incurring damage or worse. The average cost of a payment from the insurance company is almost $9,500.

1. Cadillac Escalade

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Like with the Yukon, HLDI combines all the Escalade models into one category, averaging out to 10.4 reports per 1,000 insured Escalades; however, if you break out the Escalade EXT, it has a claim frequency of 14 per 1,000 vehicles, or eight times more than the average.


@Greg J - the 60% take rate makes more sense. GM wouldn't bother with a 11 % take rate. I haven't read any stories of actual complaints of eavesdropping, but it does seem to surface at a regular rate. Perhaps OnStar gets mentioned the most because they have been around a long time.
@Bob - how hard do you thing it would be for Homeland Security to get a court order to do just that? The Patriot Act has made it pretty easy to bypass your own rights.
Did you know that every phone call made outbound of the USA or inbound into the USA is monitored?

Bob, You have it mixed up. GM OnStar can listen at any time - they don't need a court order to listen to their own product.

It is other agencies that are supposed to get a court order but GM's own privacy policy states, "OnStar may disclose personal information if required to do so by law on (sic) in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with the legal process...OnStar cannot accept any responsibility for ***accidental or inadvertent disclosure***, unauthorized access or *for other disclosure* as required by law OR *described in this policy."*

Basically what they are saying is you have no rights.

@Lou & Dave - I understand your concerns but if you don't want a chance of being tracked or listened to then don't sign up for the service. Onstar automatically expires after 1 year. It is as simple as that!

That Patriot Act screwed all. The U.S. is scared of their own people. I don't blame them!

@Bob - no its not. The only way you can gaurantee OnStar cannot be used against you is to remove the control module/antenna if that is possible. You can cancel or not renew, but at anytime (court ordered etc) it can be reactivated without your knowledge or permission and used to shut your vehicle down, unlock your doors, eavesdrop, and/or track you.
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You clearly don't know much about heavy duty trucks. The Ford Super Duty isn't called a Super Crew its a CREW CAB and it's simple things you screw up like that which scares me on your ability to accurately report on these types of pickups. Don't get me wrong, I think you are great with little tiny trucks and cars but you don't belong in the heavy duty reporting. Please get some more real interest and experience before you try to tell us anything about trucks that we have more experience and ownership than you.

@ Jeremiah -- You are exactly correct regarding proper naming of the four-door Super Duty. I should have caught the misnaming of the Ford four-door SD to be Crew Cab instead of Super Crew, which is what the four-door F-150 is called. And if what you're referring to is that heavy-duty trucks, and the people who properly report on them, don't get the respect they deserve, your point is well taken. Your input is appreciated.

Im so glad I dont drive any of these cars.
Now we have to be careful what we purchase? blah

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There are already cases of Onstar listening to people without their knowledge. Google "Onstar freerepublic" to see the cases. Onstar can also listen to you even after you cancel the service. GM OnStar ca

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I have (had) a 2011 gmc sierra 1500, last sunday it was stolen & I have both sets of can this happen if they say its a chipped key.

can anyone help me so it does not happen again...besides spending good money on good alarm for the next one...thanks

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