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Utility vehicles repeat with highest theft losses: worst loss result is 160 times higher than best; BMW, GM reduce losses with antitheft devices
All 10 passenger vehicles with the worst losses are either luxury or sports cars or utility vehicles. The 10 with the best theft results have losses one-fourth or less than the average. Six of the 10 best are from General Motors, and five of them are Buicks.
Long-term theft trends show a declining frequency of insurance claims for thefts and an increasing average loss payment per theft claim. Because these trends offset each other, overall insurance theft losses have changed very little during the past 18 model years.
Special Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) studies show that theft claim frequencies might be declining in part because of increasing availability of sophisticated antitheft devices. "In recent model years," HLDI Senior Vice President Kim Hazelbaker explains, "improved antitheft devices from BMW, General Motors, and others have reduced their theft losses significantly."
Best: 10 passenger vehicles with lowest theft results (100=average)
Note: Theft losses are compared according to relative average loss
Source: Highway Loss Data Institute.