You may want to find an extra-secure place to park your Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The list is put together by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an arm of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The HLDI derived its data from the insurance claims people filed for stolen vehicles.


Here are the lists:


Somewhat interestingly, the HLDI said that the Cadillac Escalade, which “previously dominated” on its most stolen lists is nowhere to be found this time around, which HLDI attributed to better security features in the 2015 and newer models. HLDI also pointed out that, these days, there are also just a ton more big SUVs on the road, or more variety for thieves.


HLDI had fewer theories about why no one seems interested in stealing the 3 Series, though it said that the fact that Teslas need to be charged—usually in a more secure location like a garage and not on the street—might account for its low numbers.

Update, August 2, 7:57 a.m.: To clarify something raised in the comments, these lists reflect the rate of theft, not total thefts. Or, as HLDI explains it:

By looking at claims per insured vehicle year, HLDI’s theft reports allow people to compare the relative risk of each vehicle. In contrast, other most-stolen-vehicle lists report raw numbers of thefts and are therefore dominated by the most common vehicles on the road.

HLDI’s whole-vehicle theft report differs from its standard theft report, which looks at all theft claims, including those for stolen vehicle parts or for items taken from a vehicle.

To isolate whole-vehicle claims, HLDI looked at the amounts paid for total losses under collision coverage, which is generally the residual value of the vehicle. If the payment associated with a theft claim is around the same as would be expected for a total loss under collision coverage for the same vehicle of the same age, it is considered to be a whole-vehicle theft claim.

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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