We’ve told you about the states with the most vehicles stolen, colors of vehicles most likely to be stolen, where motorcycles and watercraft are likely to be targets for thieves. Now, a new report by the NICB reveals the most stolen sport utility vehicles and crossover utility vehicles in the United States, looking at the makes and models, and what states they were stolen from.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) found that 21,711 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) were stolen between January 2010 and December 2013. They not only looked at the three years as a whole, but vehicles stolen in each year, what types of vehicles within these broader categories, their classifications, and the states that had the most thefts.
Classifications for SUVs included compact, midsize, large, premium and pickup SUVs, while CUV classifications included compact, midsize, large, and premium.
The NICB is a not-for-profit organization in the United States, and is headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois. It is a leading organization in detecting and preventing insurance fraud, as well as vehicle theft. They provide various statistics and analytics, training, and public awareness.
Commonly Stolen CUVs and SUVs
Just about every make and model of sports utility vehicle and crossover utility vehicle were stolen at least once in the last three years, but there were five makes and models that were much more common.
Ford took up three of the five spots, followed by Jeep and Kia. As far as classifications go, the compact CUVs had the most thefts in the U.S. with a total of 6,981. The next classification with the most thefts were large CUVs at 3,206, then midsize CUVs with 3,204 thefts. Large SUVs experienced 2,902 total thefts and premium CUVs had 2,394 thefts.
The five makes and models that experienced the most thefts between 2010 and 2013 were:
Ford Escape – 1,421 thefts
Ford Edge – 1,140 thefts
Ford Explorer – 958 thefts
Jeep Grand Cherokee – 912 thefts
Kia Sorento – 725 thefts
States Where Most Thefts Occurred
When comparing thefts, the larger states, such as California, Florida and Texas are almost always at the top of the list. This is for a number of different reasons, from more vehicle opportunities, to being located in areas that make them easier to steal. The top five states with the most thefts of CUVs and SUVs were:
California – 3,531 thefts
Florida – 1,897 thefts
Michigan 1,834 thefts
Texas – 1,686 thefts
New York – 1,577 thefts
The NICB also looked at statistical areas within the United States, which included basic areas for these five states. They found that the most threats were in the New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island area with 2,530 thefts. Next, it was the Detroit/Warren/Livonia areas of Michigan with 1,701 thefts, followed by the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Santa Ana area of California at 1,300 thefts.
The NICB recommends reporting any vehicle theft or insurance fraud to their company right away. If you are concerned about driving an SUV or CUV and the thefts involved, installing a GPS tracking device can be a great way to recover your stolen vehicle.
GPS tracking technology is evolving at a rapid pace and making scientific discovery easier than it’s ever been before. One practical way it’s being used today is in the tracking of rehabilitated sea turtles.
This method is currently used in Australia, in the U.S. at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, as well as in European countries to track the movements of turtles that have been treated, rehabilitated, and then released back into the ocean.
Thanks to the efforts of young advocate, Isabel Dow, in Australia, a sea turtle named Gemma who had been admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital due to floating syndrome in September of 2013 was fitted with GPS trackers to help researchers understand her behaviors and motivations a little better.
Floating syndrome is a condition that prevents turtles from diving. When turtles can’t dive the ocean becomes a lonely and lethal environment for turtles who can no longer dive in order to feed, navigate via currents, or avoid predatory animals.
Gemma’s road to recovery was a long one as sea turtles often need an extensive amount of time in order to recover from conditions like floating syndrome.
Through various fundraising efforts, Isabel was able to raise the $4000 necessary to purchase the GPS tracking device that will now monitor the movements of the turtle.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., facilities like Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, located in Boca Raton, FL, is currently tracking two loggerhead turtles who were released back into the wild recently. One is named Phoenix and has been transmitting tracking information for 115 days now. The other is Billy, who has logged 11 days of being tracked thus far.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center has worked tireless to treat sick and injured sea turtles for over 20 years. In 2010, they opened their first Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility (STRF) where they have since treated more than 375 sea turtles with various conditions.
The GPS tracking services allow a unique glimpse into the habits and practices of sea turtles. From the results seen thus far, it’s amazing how far the sea turtles travel in a relatively short span of time. This facility does allow visitors, for a suggested donation, and the proceeds go to help with the costs of treating and caring for the sick turtles.
People who are interested in learning more about sea turtles now have the opportunity to do so whether they are located on the water, or hundreds of miles from the nearest shore. GPS tracking devices have made it possible, not to mention easy, for anyone interested to follow along from home.
SeaTurtle.org offers the opportunity for people at home to explore the world of sea turtles, including the paths they take around the world. Visit the site to learn more about how GPS makes all that possible.
Odense, the third largest city in Denmark, has come up with an ingenious plan to track the whereabouts and congregation of the homeless population through the use of GPS tracking devices.
The plan is simple, homeless volunteers agree to carry the tracking device in their pockets for one week in exchange for three warm meal vouchers in exchange.
The small pilot program involves 20 volunteers and will specifically gather data on the places where the homeless eat and sleep as well as how they live.
Why is Odense going to all this trouble?
The GPS devices allow city planners to observe the normal activities of the homeless in hopes that they can provider shelters, coffee rooms, and warming areas in locations where they are needed most.
This also helps social workers know where the people who need their help most are generally located. In a city that had nearly 6,000 homeless in 2013 – 1,349 of which were between the ages of 18 and 24 (nearly double the homeless population in this age group from the year before), these services are sorely needed.
The idea of the program for the city of Odense is so that groups and organizations who want to help the city’s vulnerable homeless population know where to go to offer the services they have available including things like food, blankets, coats, health screenings, and ore.
The program offers a great deal of promise including for groups and organizations interested in building shelters in areas where they are needed most – and creating safer places for the homeless to gather.
Some have questioned the ethics of this particular pilot program. The small scale and completely voluntary nature of the program, however, make it largely benign. It is far less harmful or exploitative than attempts other cities are making to help curb or cull the homeless populations, or exploit them, within those cities.
The way the city sees it, the participants are receiving much-needed nourishment in exchange for participating while the city is receiving valuable data. It’s a mutually beneficial experience that promises better long-term services for the homeless throughout the city in years to come.
What Kind of GPS trackers are being used?
The technology involved in this pilot program is the same type of technology used to track dementia patients who have habits of wandering off and getting lost.
While it isn’t unheard of to use GPS tracking devices to keep track of people, Odense council member Tom Rodding believes it’s the first time this technology has been used to track people for this purpose. He goes on to say, “As far as I know, this has never been tried anywhere else in the world before.”