Report: Study finds Toyota Prius not popular with car thieves

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Toyota Prius is less likely to be stolen in the United States compared with other cars of similar age.

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The reason? A pretty obvious one – the report says that thieves look for parts that can be used in more-common vehicles.

One in 606 vehicles from the 2008 to 2010 model year Prius cars had been stolen as of the end of June.

“It’s a one-model car; the parts on it won’t fit anything else but a Prius,” John Abounader, executive director of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators in an interview with Automotive News. “If you use a Camry, for instance, the engine might fit in another car. On a Prius, the engine is so different because they’re hybrid.”

The study also found that California had the most stolen Prius models, with a total of 1,062 thefts. Florida came in second, with 127, followed by New York, with 111. The recovery rate is 96.7 percent according to NICB report.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews