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Thieves Pass on Hybrid Toyota Prius

November 21, 2012

The Toyota Prius, the top selling hybrid electric vehicle in the U.S., has both an exceptionally low theft rate and a markedly high recovery rate.

A comparison of car theft rates by model years shows that the 2008-2010 Prius had a much lower theft rate (one in 606 vehicles reported stolen) than the average for all 2008-2010 models (one in 78 vehicles reported stolen).

A National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) report examines the theft history of the Toyota Prius. The report covers all Prius thefts reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) beginning with the very first Prius theft on Sept. 4, 2000. Toyota has sold more than 1.2 million of the cars in the U.S., which is about half of all hybrids on the road.

A comparison of theft rates by model years showed that the 2008-2010 Prius had a much lower theft rate (one in 606 vehicles reported stolen) than the average for all 2008-2010 models (one in 78 vehicles reported stolen).

There have been 2,439 of the models reported stolen in the U.S. between Sept. 4, 2000 and June 30, 2012. There has been a general increase each year in the number of Prius thefts with the exception of 2009, which had a drop from the year before. It also appears that 2012 is also on track to have fewer Prius thefts than occurred in 2011.

The top five states for Prius thefts in descending order are California (1,062), Florida (127), New York (111), Washington (92), and Texas (89).

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