Mercedes-Benz models most-stolen in the US in 2009-2012

Article by Anita Panait, on August 1, 2013

Car thieves in the United States just loved stealing Mercedes-Benz vehicles from 2009 to 2012. According to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), 485 Mercedes C-class cars were stolen during the period, the most among any vehicle model. Two other Mercedes models -- the E-class and S-class – made it in the top 10 vehicles stolen by car thieves in 2009 to 2012.

NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi remarked that since Mercedes is really 'the car.' The Mercedes C-class -- including 2-door coupes and 4-door sedans -- is the best-selling Mercedes-Benz in the US and around the world. Mercedes spokeswoman Donna Boland told Bloomberg in an e-mail that “the more desirable the vehicle, the more attractive the vehicle is to thieves"

She noted that a significant number of stolen Mercedes-Benz models were recovered thanks to the mbrace system. Mbrace is an in-car communications system that links to the Internet and boasts of a stolen vehicle tracking feature.

The No. 2 most-stolen luxury car in the US in 2009-2012 was the BMW 3 series, with the Infiniti G Series at third.  On the other hand, the New York City region, including Long Island and northern New Jersey, had the greatest number of thefts during the period, according to the NICB said, citing data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Following the New York City region are the Los Angeles area and Miami. According to NICB, California had the highest number of luxury thefts among US states at 1,063, followed by Florida with 674. Commander Andrew Smith, spokesman at the Los Angeles Police Department, remarked to Bloomberg that the region has a lot of high-end vehicles, noting that more stolen vehicles are expected “in a place where the population is bigger."

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