BOSTON (MainStreet) Thieves steal a car in America every 43.7 seconds on average, but here's a look at five models you can buy that the bad guys rarely bother with.
"These vehicles are less vulnerable," says Matt Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute, which recently released its latest annual list of cars that crooks target the most and least frequently.
The list covers claims filed last year for stolen cars, parts taken off of vehicles (typically expensive items such as airbag systems) or personal property taken from inside a cabin.
Ironically, the HLDI a research consortium funded by the insurance industry found that upscale models make up many of the vehicles with the lowest theft-claim rates.
Moore speculates as to why:
"Luxury vehicles are probably more likely to be kept in a [home] garage overnight and parked in a [public] garage when their owners are at work during the day," he says. "As a consequence, they're less vulnerable."
HLDI figures also show that crossover sport utility vehicles account for the lion's share of models with super-low theft rates. Moore thinks that's partly because such models are popular with suburbanites who likely have home garages.
But he adds that even upscale crossovers often cost less than high-end sports cars or fancy pickup trucks, making them less desirable to thieves.
"The penalties are presumably the same if you're caught stealing a brand-new Cadillac Escalade or a brand-new [crossover SUV]," he says. "So, you probably want to steal something that's worth a lot more money."
Click below for a rundown of the five models the HLDI found had the lowest theft claims of any vehicles in 2012. (Or, click here to check out cars with the highest theft rates.)