By Nat Shirley
Thursday, Nov 22nd, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
 

The Toyota Prius is the best-selling hybrid of all time, but it's actually among the least popular vehicles on the road with car thieves, a new report finds.

The theft rate for 2008-10 Prius models is one in 606 vehicles, making it the least-stolen vehicle from that time period, according to a report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In comparison, the average automotive theft rate is one in 78 vehicles.

One of the primary factors behind thieves' aversion to the Prius is the Toyota's lack of shared components with other models. Thieves typically look for cars with parts that can be used in a wide variety of vehicles, and the Prius' hybrid bits can really only be used in other Prii.

"It's a one-model car; the parts on it won't fit anything else but a Prius," John Abounader, executive director of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, said in an interview with Bloomberg. "If you use a Camry, for instance, the engine might fit in another car. On a Prius, the engine is so different because they're hybrid."

Of the small amount of Prii that are stolen, an impressive 96.7 percent are returned to their rightful owners, a figure that represents one of the highest recovery rates of any automobile.