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The Ford F-250 has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the favorite target of thieves, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
Thieves continue to target large pickups and large SUVs at higher rates than other vehicles, says the HLDI. Top on this year's list of the most stolen vehicles is the F-250 crew cab, with a claim frequency of 7 per 1,000 insured vehicle years -- nearly 6 times the average for all vehicles.
The good news? HLDI says theft rates in general are declining, thanks in large part to the spread of ignition immobilizers, which prevent vehicles from being hot-wired and were standard in 89 percent of 2012 models. Fewer pickups than cars or SUVs reportedly have this feature as standard, which may help explain the higher theft rates for pickups.
Below is a look at the 10 vehicles with the highest and lowest theft claim rates for 2010 to 2012 passenger vehicles.
Highest Claim Rates
|2013||GMC||Sierra 1500 Hybrid||$2,500|
|2013||Chrysler||Town and Country||$2,000|
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