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Thieves’ top 10 ‘must-steal’ luxury cars

They're a picky bunch, these hoodlums

Published August 6, 2013

You’ve longed for it, lusted after it, dreamed of it — and now you have one. A luxury car, sitting pretty in your driveway. Congratulations! And don’t cheap out on the car alarm because, depending on which luxury car you bought, you’re going to need one.

This list of the 10 most frequently stolen luxury cars, released by the U.S. insurance crime bureau and featured on cars.com, shows that Mercedes-Benz is like catnip to car thieves.

The German automaker has three of the top 10 most-stolen luxury models in the U.S., with the C-Class taking the No. 1 spot with 485 thefts from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012. The Benz’s E-class and S-Class take the fourth and tenth spot, respectively.

Here’s the full list of the 10 most-stolen luxury cars, followed by the number of thefts:

1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class, 485
2. BMW 3 Series, 471
3. Infiniti G series, 405
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 381
5. Cadillac CTS, 326
6. BMW 5 Series, 256
7. Lincoln MKZ, 226
8. Acura TSX, 190
9. Lexus IS, 177
10. Mercedes-Benz S-Class, 163

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