The cars that thieves most frequently target tend to be high-horsepower models and luxury vehicles, but there are some models that criminals largely ignore. These are the vehicles that are least likely to be stolen, according to insurance industry research from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).
The list of the least-stolen rides includes some surprising models, including several crossover SUVs. The Chevrolet Equinox, which is one of the most popular SUVs on the market, is shunned by thieves, with a relative theft-claim frequency of just 15. That’s more than two times lower than the rate for the Dodge Charger Hellcat, which is arguably the fastest vehicle ever made.
Among small crossover SUVs, the Toyota RAV4 is also one of the least-stolen models, with a theft claim frequency of just 16. It’s less than half the rate for the Subaru Crosstrek, which is more expensive and arguably more stylish.
The Toyota Corolla is another model that thieves largely avoid, with a theft claim frequency of just 20. It’s more than four times lower than the rate for the Honda Civic, which is a bigger and more luxurious vehicle. The Ford Fusion and the Chrysler Pacifica are also shunned by thieves, with respective claim rates of just 26 and 27.
A lot of these cars are old enough to have anti-theft features that are no longer available in newer models. The exception is the Kia Soul, which is one of the newest cars on the market and doesn’t have an immobilizer. These devices prevent hot wiring, where thieves use wire harnesses to start your car without having to physically touch the ignition switch. If you want to make your ride more secure, try adding a security alarm and a GPS tracker. You should also never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle and always lock your doors and roll up your windows.
In addition to these tips, consider having a hood deterrent installed on your car. These are covers that cover the engine and grille, making it much more difficult to steal the car.
Finally, if you want to make your vehicle even harder to steal, consider adding a wheel locking device. These are simple tools that make it impossible for criminals to remove a tire from your vehicle.
While these cars aren’t magic, they will certainly make your ride more difficult to steal. There are plenty of other ways to protect your vehicle, too. For example, if you need to park in a bad neighborhood, pull the ignition and fuel pump fuses before you get in. That way, a would-be thief will have a hard time starting your car and will probably move on to an easier target. Also, you should have a mechanic check the condition of your catalytic converter, which can cost thousands to replace. Vehicles from Jeep, Chrysler, Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, and Hyundai use catalytic converters with fewer precious metals, so they’re less attractive to thieves.