The vehicle that was stolen the most in 2009 was the Audi S8, with 8.81 thefts per 1,000 vehicles produced. That means that 2 out of 227 Audi S8s produced were stolen in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The second highest theft rate is 8.61 vehicles per 1,000 stolen by the Ford Shelby GT Mustang. That means that 5 out of 581 Shelby mustangs were stolen in 2009. The other vehicles that top the list are the BMW M5, the Dodge Charger and the Honda S2000.
NHTSA did not however track trucks, minivans, pickups or SUVs. If they had, the Cadillac Escalade would have most likely topped that list.
Theft rates of sedan vehicles in 2009 is however lower than it was in 2008. The theft rate went from 1.69 per 1,000 vehicles in 2008 to 1.33 per 1,000 vehicles in 2009. NHTSA believes that the decrease in thefts is a result of the increase in antitheft device use and increase prosecution by police officers nationwide.