The Crime-Fighting HybridWorried about your car being stolen? There are all kinds of precautions that you can take, such as parking in well-lit spots and not leaving valuables in plain sight inside the vehicle and so on, but it also makes a difference what model you drive. According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, on average 1 in 78 vehicles from the model years 2008-2010 models were reported stolen in the U.S., while that number falls dramatically to 1 in 606 for the Toyota Prius. Not only does it burn less gasoline, reducing CO2 emissions and saving money, as well as produce little smog-forming emissions (NOx, PM, etc), but it also keeps criminals at bay. Not bad!
High Recovery Rate by PoliceNot only are fewer Prius hybrids stolen in the first place, but those that are end up being recovered at a very high rate:
"In addition to having a low theft rate, the Toyota Prius also has a remarkably high recovery rate with 96.7% of all stolen Prii being recovered. Out of the 2,439 Prii stolen between 09/04/2000 and 06/30/2012, only 80 were still active thefts as of 09/30/2012. The average recovery time for a Toyota Prius is 23.6 days."
Here's a map that shows where the most Prius thefts occur. Of course, California has more Prii than any state, so it's not surprising that it has a substantial lead.
If you are more curious about bike theft than car theft, check out this post: Underworld Economics: Why Are So Many Bikes Stolen? What Happens to Them?