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1/4/2013 - Toyota Prius infrequent target of thieves

The Prius isn't a popular choice for thieves.

The Toyota Prius may be popular with those who make environmental friendliness a priority, but they aren't the vehicle of choice for thieves.

According to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, since the fuel saving vehicle was first introduced to the market in 2000, there have been less than 2,500 Prius reported as stolen of the 1.2 million that have been sold. This translates to about one in every 606 Prius' versus the national average of one in every 78 automobiles overall.

Of the states where the Prius was a top commodity, California led them all, with 1,062 pilfered over the past 12 years. The fewest Prius heists occurred in Texas.

The Golden State is one of the most common places in which vehicle theft takes place, which is covered under the comprehensive portion of auto insurance policy. Numbers recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that many of the cities with rising vehicle theft rates are within 250 miles of the San Francisco area.

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