Pickup trucks have become a favorite target by vehicle thieves according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
Between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013, 9,441 pickup trucks were reported stolen. Full-sized pickup trucks had more thefts with 8,367 thefts versus 895 for compact pickups. Mid-sized pickup trucks had the fewest thefts with 179.
The report looks at theft data only for model years 2011, 2012, and 2013 pickups stolen between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013. The classes of pickups are compact, mid-size and full size as described in Automotive News’ Data Center. Compact pickup trucks included Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Mid-sized pickups included Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Ford F Series, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra were classified as full-sized pickups.
Of the 9,441 total pickup thefts, 4,428 are of the 2011 model year, 3,235 are of the 2012 model year, and 1,778 are of the 2013 model year.
Texas experienced the highest number of pickup thefts with 2,130—representing nearly 23 percent of all pickup truck thefts in the U.S. California came in second with 1,676 thefts, followed by Florida with 522.
The top theft Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) was Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA with 455 thefts, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX with 322 thefts, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX with 274 thefts.
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