NICB: Car Thieves Get No Charge from Toyota Prius

              NICB: Car Thieves Get No Charge from Toyota Prius

PR Newswire

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 21, 2012

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 rate.

A comparison of theft rates by model years showed that the 2008-2010 Toyota
Prii[1] 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).

The full report is available here.

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 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.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines,
Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively
dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle
theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy
and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and
casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member
companies wrote over $319 billion in insurance premiums in 2010, or
approximately 80 percent of the nation's property/casualty insurance. That
includes more than 94 percent ($152 billion) of the nation's personal auto
insurance. To learn more visit

[1] Prii is the plural form of Prius chosen by Toyota.

SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau

Contact: Frank Scafidi, +1-916.979.1510,
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