F-250 Is New Leader on Most Stolen List

F-250 SuperCrew 2012 II
It seems Ford's F-Series Super Duty is quite popular with thieves as well as with new truck shoppers. According to the Detroit News, the most attractive vehicle for thieves to break into or steal outright is the Ford Super Duty F-250 crew cab with four-wheel drive.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has been collecting data from insurance companies since 2003, with the most recent report covering 2010-2012. In the last published report (2008-2010), the F-250 finished second behind the Cadillac Escalade (which included the short and long-wheelbase SUV versions as well as the EXT pickup); however, with Cadillac SUV sales down and the EXT model going away, the Escalade fell to sixth position in the latest report.

In order of most stolen, the other 2010-2012 vehicles on the list include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab, the Chevy Avalanche, the GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab, the Ford F-350 crew cab (four-wheel drive), the Cadillac Escalade (four-wheel drive, three models), the Chevy Suburban 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab, the GMC Yukon (two models) and the Chevy Tahoe.

Oddly, the report distinguishes between some four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive models but not others. Why so many pickup trucks on the list? It could be because pickups are used to haul and store valuable property during much of their use, and the HLDI report collects and combines data about property stolen from the vehicle (like the pickup bed) as well as parts or the entire vehicle itself.

Regarding the report, Ford sent us this statement: "Ford vehicles, including F-Series trucks, offer the latest in anti-theft technologies and features to help provide customers with peace-of-mind for the security of their vehicles and belongings. Since the 1990s, Ford has offered a standard Securi-Lock feature that helps prevent vehicles from being started without keys that have specially coded computer transponder chips. Ford continually monitors the performance of its vehicles and is confident locking mechanisms work properly in all vehicles. But, like any lock, thieves can overcome them."

Among some of the least stolen vehicles, according to the report, include the Dodge Journey all-wheel drive, Audi A4, and Toyota Matrix. 

To read the full press release from the HLDI, click here.  



That's where I get all my parts? I hate my F250 truck !! I am replacing a part every week.

I agree with Tom, constant repairs. I wish somebody would steal my heap of sh*t Ford. Can't give this piece of garbage away.

Thieves want the best just in case they need to off-road or tow narcotics. LOL!

There are multiple reasons why trucks are a popular target for thieves:
- Trucks tend to be easier to steal.
- They can be used to steal other things. Tow or carry.
- Trucks tend to get used harder than cars so there is a greater demand for parts.
- Joy riding. You can't go very far off road in a car.
- Trucks are in the Top 10 most common vehicles. More around means more opportunities to steal.

I would like to know how many of these trucks end up in Mexico and South America. Many vehicles are stolen and then exported.

Notice the rest of the list. All GM stuff

Ford F-250 crew 4WD…7.0
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew… 6.7
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 …6.1
GMC Sierra 1500 crew …6.0
Ford F-350 crew 4WD …5.6
Cadillac Escalade 4WD …5.5
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 …5.4
GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab …4.7
GMC Yukon …4.5
Chevrolet Tahoe …4.4
* Per 1,000 insured vehicles annually

@Mike - you left out some important details like vehicle class.


Ford F-250 crew 4WD................. very large pickup
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew.... large pickup
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500.......... very large SUV
GMC Sierra 1500 crew............... large pickup
Ford F-350 crew 4WD................ very large pickup
Cadillac Escalade 4WD............... large luxury SUV
Chevrolet Suburban 1500........... very large SUV
GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab... large pickup
GMC Yukon.............................. large SUV
Chevrolet Tahoe........................ large SUV

GMC tends to get dinged twice because of their sibling product lines.
GMC has traditionally dominated the 1/2 ton market and since the GMT900's were unchanged for their lifespans, that would mean that many older trucks are in need of parts and that would increase demand for stolen parts.
GMC dominates the large SUV market. More units sold means more used parts needed and more units to steal.
Ford has always dominated the HD market. More trucks sold mean more parts needed and more units to steal. Ford hasn't changed the SD too much therefore, like GMC, have a greater interchange of parts and a higher demand for used parts in older trucks.

Looks like thieves don't wanna jack with the dodge rams...they're too menacing

This is not surprising. As more and more manufacturers dumb down their engines and push 6-cylinder powerplants in their half-ton trucks to meet CAFE and EPA mandates, more people are stepping up to the 3/4-ton trucks with the big, brawny V8s. There's no replacement for displacement.

If Toyota ever dumbs down the Tundra by dropping that magnificent 5.7-liter V8, you can bet your @$$ that I will step up to a 3/4-ton with the biggest V8 I can get in that class. And it would probably be an F250.

All this creates increased demand for aftermarket parts and puts greater pressure on the chop-shops to supply parts from stolen trucks.

A truck is worth a whole lot more as the sum of all its parts than it is as a whole truck.

@HDC - You got it just right. Used parts are scarce despite those trucks seen absolutely everywhere. (legit) Plain used fenders for an '11 or '12 F-250 are in the $150 range. Each. Without moulding. With dents! Some listing for $235 (perfect) on "car-part".

Not a brand hater, in fact, I currently drive a Duramax.
Interesting article....

But you can't steal a GM vehicle we have onstar. Wtfe
I guess rams are not that easy,or maybe because us ram owners will split your head to the white meat if we catch you.
FORD the official truck of a drug runner.

Hold on now. This list doesn't mean the truck or parts are being stolen.

If a thief steals a piece of equipment out of the bed of truck, that truck counts toward the list.

"Many pickup claims result from the theft of equipment from the truck bed, and that may be the case with some of the F-250 claims. HLDI's data don't distinguish theft of vehicle contents or components from theft of a whole vehicle"

The fiat ram guys can even leave the keys in their trucks and still nobody wants them!

OnStar won't stop a theft, but it can recognize it and call you via phone, email, twitter etc. At that point the owner can call police, they can track it down and OnStar can shut it down with an officer's prompt. OnStar won't call police unless it's involved in an accident.

A separate immobilizer might stop a theft, but certain years of GM full-size trucks and SUVs (shockingly come without locking steering) can easily be pushed or pulled then to another location and have the battery disconnected (and therefor, OnStar). Then it can be stripped on location or properly towed to a chop-shop.

It's not hard to grasp why thieves are going after the F-250. It's the tailgates. Man-step. Back-up cameras. etc.

Considering the Ford F-250,350 are the same design since 1997(came out in 97 as a 98 model),no wonder they are the most stolen...

And they are very problematic,coolant leaks are the norm along many other issues..

Hell,if you have to redo the injectors on a Furd Diesel truck($7000 plus),you have to remove the cab..So steal a truck,and put your old body on a newer chassis,then do so every 50,000 miles as thats how long the injectors last on those,and usually can make it without coolant leaks (maybe)or any other major problems those Furd Diesels have,most unreliable junker on the road(American brand).

I know Honda's have bad trannies and headgasket,waterpump,timingbelt problems worse then a Ford Diesel and Toyota has major issues across the line,engines failing,trans,suspension,uncontrolled acceleration and rust,rust,rust and bad cams..

@Troll, err dipshit,

They came out in '98 as '99 models. Looks like you spent 23 years smoking weed. F'ken dumbass.

The F250 is top on the list becuase they are left stranded, broken down on the side of the Road.. that new 6.7 might have some power... but is a unreliable peice of crap... Can't count how many ive seen broken down on the side of the Road...Heck i even took a pic the other day of one being hauled to the Ford dealer on a flat bed.. I watched as they winched it off...just to show my die hard ford friends.... In the time frame that ive seen probabaly 10-15 broken down 6.7's ive seen one broken down Duramax 1-ton (surprisingly a 2011... probably a crank position sensor) and several Dodges.. various years 2004 and up... but by far the ford 6.7 tops the list...

Thieves are opportunistic.

F-250s are easy enough targets and are popular.

How much is a second hand diesel?

Supply and demand.

HSVs became a very popular targets, they are micro dotted at the factory now to trace stolen parts.

Maybe this could help reduce theft.

Of course if you remove fleet and F450's from the list that are stolen and combine GMC and Chevy then GM has the number 1 spot.

@Jason, try to be at least a little more convincing with your BS.

Keep it simple!

Demand and supply!

biggest reason you see those vehicles on the list is because their anti-theft systems are WEAK. you'll notice not a single toyota is on that list. mostly because the majority of all toyota and honda products have anti-theft systems that cant be broken to start the car. not that you cant tow them but the mass majority of these get stolen with pick keys not being towed.

@HemiLOL - I've heard that the Ford Super Duty anti-theft system is pretty weak too.

Nice try but I have to call BS on Hemi LOL.

Sorry, the testing is flawed because it goes by expensive cargo stolen out of the bed or by expensive claims like $4000 tailgates stolen. Not vehicles.

If you go by this list of actual stolen VEHICLES, Toyota and Honda have dominated the most stolen lists.

I will quote, "Since it can't track individual thefts, and is limited to newer models, the HLDI study runs counter to other studies that find thieves hitting cars far more than trucks or SUVs. Lojack, the vehicle tracking service, finds in its annual study that of the top 10 vehicles reported stolen to its call centers, the top five are Japanese cars, with the Honda Accord and Civic leading in 2012. (Ford pickups don't make the list.)"

Why a Ford pickup isn’t the most-stolen vehicle in America

@James - You left out an important detail, most of those Japanese cars stolen pre-date anti-theft systems. The same can be said for trucks. The Honda Accord does rate as a favoured target regardless of year.

One can argue that the theft of tools and accessories mounted on pickups would be a business case for commercial vans like the new Transit and Sprinter.

I had to "double nut" and add a tack weld to the lower nut to keep thieves from stealing my driving lights off of my push bar on my one truck. I had a rubber mat stolen out of the box of my current truck. Talk about a chicken sh!t thing to steal, a 20 dollar mat that was 5 years old.

Some of that is true but the Ford pickups are not on the list when it is just a list of vehicle theft.

This list here isn't just vehicle thefts, but thefts of "stuff" from vehicles as well. This kinda skews the results towards a F-250 since quite often they have "stuff" that is easy to steal in the bed or the bed itelf (tailgate - try stealing a tailgate off of a car.)

Transit dosen't have open beds.

I had a tool box stolen from my truck.

If you go by the FBI, the Camry is the most stolen newer car.

The NICB lists plenty of Toyota:
2011 Camry
2010 Camry
2010 Corolla
2011 Corolla

In fact, the 2011 Camry is the most stolen.

Ford is the most stolen automotive brand in the United States, but its late-model cars aren't taken as often as the best-selling Japanese products. The Fusion is attractive to thieves for its available hybrid battery and high-tech Sync infotainment system.

The 2011 Toyota Camry is the most stolen late-model car. Newer cars with the latest technology are more attractive to thieves because that equipment is more valuable. If your car is taken, your best chance of getting it back is via tracking systems such as OnStar or LoJack.

Via MSN Most Stolen newer vehicles

@James - thanks for shedding extra light on the subject. Insurance companies tend to care only about what they have to pay out. A stolen tool box or tailgate or vehicle is just a loss to them. Any vehicle that falls into a higher incident class i.e. trucks and theft of contents or accessories will make them increase the rates on trucks.
Where I live (British Columbia), vehicle insurance has very limited coverage as to tools or equipment in a vehicle. Basic tools (for the vehicle), jack, minimal safety equipment and 2 spare tires is all I can get covered under personal use vehicle insurance. Accessories are only covered if permanently attached.
Any loose tools, gear etc have to be covered under a "work" policy or under one's home insurance.

I wish somebody would come along and steal my POS EcoBoost. No crook probably would. He'd break down on his way from the scene of the crime and would end up arrested and in jail,

I love to look and naked men.......and I cannot lie!! Lou and Dave are so hot and sexy. I love to see hot and sweaty naked men posting on the hood of ford trucks.

i luv to watch Frank wash his old super duty truck while wearing a speedo. his hot sexy body and hairy back really trip my trigger.

Any vehicle that is left outdoors is practically guaranteed to have something stolen from it eventually--if not the vehicle itself; especially if that something is left out in plain view or is completely exposed--as in the bed of a truck. The only way to prevent such theft is to secure it in a manner that makes it much more difficult to steal. Even travel trailers have been stolen right from their owner's driveway or yard simply because nothing was done to prevent the thief from taking it. Lou's trick of welding the nut on his fog lamps is proof that a thief won't take what he can't grab and run. On the other hand, if he can't grab it and run, he may destroy it just for spite.

You want to protect what's in your truck, you need to first make sure it can't be seen and second secure it in a manner to make it more difficult, time-consuming and noisy to take. That's why many SUVs and hatchbacks have a 'modesty curtain' over the cargo area and why many pickups now use a locking, hard-shell tonneau cover over the bed (which also happens to help protect the tailgate itself). Of course, some of these protections do limit the usability of the vehicle itself.

The locking toolbox across the bed rails is a great idea, but even that needs to be secured in a manner to make it more difficult to steal intact. I've noticed some brands are now offering "cargo management" systems which include the ability to slide the toolbox fore or aft in the bed--which unfortunately also makes it much easier to steal. That toolbox needs to secure from inside the box itself, making the thief have to pick or break the lock just to get at the bolts to release it from the bed.

Interestingly, where I live the favorite things to get stolen are all made of metal. Electrician's trucks are having wiring stolen overnight. HVAC operators are having new and used air conditioners, condensers, etc. stolen right out of their trucks. (Regretfully, fully functions systems are getting stolen right off of houses and businesses as well.) Even overhead wiring from both the electric companies and Amtrak is being stolen right off the poles, though I have to admit that takes some real guts or stupidity to monkey with 5,000 volts or more and get away with it.

In other words, you can't prevent a determined thief from getting what he wants, but you can at least make it more difficult, which will discourage the less-determined thief.

@Vulpine - I have a galvanized steel toolbox for my truck. I have a steel cover that shields the padlock. It has been in every truck I've ever owned. I have it "framed" in place and chained inside the box. I've had lights stolen off of my trucks, the cabs B&E'd but nothing has ever been taken from that box. (Knock on wood).

I love speedos and trucks and I CAN'T LIE!!!!




Why won't anyone take my truck...Ford 's are junk!

The Ford superdutys are very easy to steal up until model year 06. I can have one unlocked and started, with the ignition lock cylinder intact, in less than 30 seconds. If I wanted something from the box it would be far easier to take the whole truck and unload what I want.

I have had 6 at one time so don't fool yourself they are very high on the stolen vehicle count. That list is hardly accurate, I have never seen a stolen GM unless I had the keys, and I have fords just sitting around the city in case I need a ride.

If you have a Ford super duty get a GPS system on it that doesn't show itself or have stickers or buzz, that way you can actually catch the guy.

Does US Customs or some border protection agency regulates the entrance or exit of vehicles with vehicle stolen component(s) in Mexicali Mexico is a dismantling place behind it airport a lot a people invest in this type of vehicles because the long lasting performance they are good for 2MM mis. imagine al involved enviramental issues to have this vehicles produced whow much metal fuel this 2 ton vehicles of steel require l to melt the metal and turn it in to a finish product. whithout mentioning transportation logistisinsurance premiums increase for those insured

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