As car theft increases in NJ, these cars are the Least likely to be stolen

It’s me, hello, it’s me, the problem, it’s me, theft car.

Things are heating up in New Jersey, and while Gov. Murphy and lawmakers try to figure out a way out, law enforcement really has their hands full. In Monmouth County, a seven-month investigation has just resulted in criminal charges against five people who authorities say they stole $3 million in vehicles.

The thefts involved more than 30 high-end cars including BMWs and Land Rovers, police say. Investigators claim the cars were given fraudulent vehicle identification numbers so they could be renamed and then sold online.

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I passed an electronic street sign today that said REMOVE YOUR KEY, LOCK IT OR LOSE IT. Aside from that good advice, what else can you really do?

Well, I suppose you could decrease your chances of having your car stolen by driving a car that is statistically less on thieves’ radar. That’s where this list comes in.

According to an article on, these are among the least likely makes and models to be stolen.

Audi A8

Give Saudi anti-theft tech some credit, but given the sheer number of Audis on the road, it’s still surprising that this vehicle is at the bottom of the stolen vehicle list.

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Photo by Brian Balliet on Unsplash

Tesla Model S

Or, to be honest, pretty much every Tesla will rarely show up in a police stolen vehicle report. Both the anti-theft protection and the recovery technology are solid.

According to MarketWatch’s Quentin Fottrell

“The recovery of stolen Teslas is remarkable in an industry where the overall stolen vehicle recovery rate was just 58.4% in 2016. Tesla has had a 100% recovery rate this year, thanks in part to its GPS tracking technology.”

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Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

BMW 5 Series

Among the top 10 least stolen vehicles is the BMW 5 Series. Only 0.7 are stolen per 1,000.

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Photo by Ivan Kazlouskij on Unsplash

Volkswagen CC

They stopped making the Volkswagen Comfort Coupe in 2017 but used CCs still sell well but thieves don’t seem to care. Only 0.6 is taken per 1,000. Escalades, for example, are 17 times more likely to be stolen.

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Chevy Equinox

While Chevrolet’s Malibus, Cruzes, Impalas, and Silverados are frequently hit by thieves, for some reason their Equinox is rarely stolen. Strange as some argue it’s a better model than some of these others.

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Audi Q5

You’d think a luxury 252-horsepower four-wheel drive crossover SUV would be more enticing to thieves. Not so. It is characterized by a low percentage of theft.

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Mini Cooper Clubman

Thieves must have seen the movie “The Bourne Identity” which showed the amazing maneuverability of the Mini Cooper. Apparently they don’t often think about stealing one.

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Photo by Reinhart Julian on Unsplash

Saturn Vue

It could be because they stopped doing it too many years ago. It could be because many said it drove like a boat. But the Saturn Vue made the list of rarely stolen cars.

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Chevrolet Aveo

Chevrolet’s Aveo, a recently terminated model, competes with its Equinox for rarely stolen cars.

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Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai made this model forever and thieves left it alone forever. It’s been around since 1990, but it’s rarely stolen.

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