The news about the Prius comes from a report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) on Wednesday (Nov. 21). The NICB says that, although sales of Prii (yes, that’s the official plural) have increased over the past few years, the hybrid car remains the least-stolen model on the road in the United States. Despite 1.2 million Prii sold since the car’s introduction in 2000, only 2439 of the cars had been reported stolen as of June 30, 2012.
Why does no one steal a Prius? The main factor cited by the report is the special hybrid engine used in the Toyota vehicle — you can only use a Prius engine in another Prius. Since many thefts are for the purpose of stealing parts, this individuality decreases the value for car thieves.
There is also the possibility that criminals aren’t so into saving the Earth. But that theory has not yet been tested.
The news isn’t all rosy for at least some Prius owners. Thefts of the car do vary by state, with California showing the most incidences. Out of the 2439 cases, 1062 of them — almost half of the total — occurred in the state. The other states making the top five for Toyota Prius thefts are Florida (127), New York (111), Washington (92) and Texas (89).
On the other hand, if you live in one of 19 states (Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming), less than 10 Prii were stolen in your state over the 12-year period.