NICB: Car Thieves Get No Charge from Toyota Prius
Hybrid Popular With Consumers; Not With Thieves
DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) today released a comprehensive
report that examines the theft history of the Toyota Prius. From its
introduction to the U.S. auto market in 2000 through June 30, 2012,
the report covers all Prius thefts reported to the National Crime
Information Center (NCIC) beginning with the very first Prius theft on
September 4, 2000.
The Toyota Prius is the top selling hybrid electric vehicle in the
U.S. With over 1.2 million sold in the U.S. as of April 2012, it makes
up half of all the hybrids on the road. Yet, despite its growing
popularity, an analysis of Prius theft data from NCIC shows that they
have both an exceptionally low theft rate and a markedly high recovery
A comparison of theft rates by model years showed that the 2008-2010
Toyota Prii 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 Toyota Prii 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 were
California (1,062), Florida (127), New York (111), Washington (92),
and Texas (89).
Anyone with information concerning vehicle theft and insurance fraud
can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB
(1-800-835-6422), texting keyword "fraud" to TIP411 (847411)
or by visiting our Web site at www.nicb.org. Or, iPhone or iPad users
can download the NICB Fraud Tips app to make it easy to quickly send a
tip and get a response.