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Ford F-250 tops Cadillac Escalade for highest theft rate

A 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV on display at

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For the first time in a decade the Cadillac Escalade is not the vehicle with the highest theft rate in the U.S.

Known for its popularity among rappers and athletes, the Escalade had maintained a theft rate of about 11 claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years since first taking hold of the top spot in 2003.

But among 2010 through 2012 model-year vehicles, the Ford F-250 — a pickup truck...

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Auto thefts plummet in New York metro area despite national rise

Security consultants Don Bailey, left, and Mathew Solnik

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If you live on Long Island, there’s no need to splurge an a spiffy anti-theft alarm system for your car. Auto thefts are declining in the New York-metropolitan area, according to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, even as they rise nationally.

In 2012, there were an estimated 26,311 auto thefts in the New York-Newark-Jersey City statistical area, which also includes...

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