Luxury Vehicle Thefts: California, Mercedes-Benz Top List

By Matthew Askari | July 30, 2013
A new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) indicates that California tops the list in luxury vehicle thefts at 1,063. Florida (674), New Jersey(453), and New York (404) round out the top four spots. The numbers span four years of reported data, from 2009-2012. Mercedes-Benz, long the symbol of exclusive luxury, tops the top ten list with three models among the most desired by thieves. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the automaker's top seller, and apparently is also the most targeted. The BMW 3 Series—a direct competitor with the C-Class—was targeted the second most, and surprisingly, the Infiniti G Series was the third most stolen vehicle.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was stolen 381 times in the United States during that period, and the ultra-luxe S-Class left 163 owners without a ride home. Other interesting numbers include the metropolitan areas with the most stolen luxury vehicle activity. While California overall had the most thefts, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island region far outpaced the number two, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana. And while the NICB reports that 83.7 percent of all stolen luxury cars were recovered, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was the most unrecovered, with a rate of 41 percent. Source: NICB