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It’s America’s Most Stolen Vehicle

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Hemi V8 Muscle Car
Image copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

It’s safe to say anyone who looks at a list of “Most Stolen Cars” is doing so for their own sake, either to know what not to buy or to be prepared to expect the worst. Sometimes, this information can be specific to different regions, but when compiling all the data, one car receives a title no one wants to have, and between the model years of 2020 to 2022, that car is best known as the Dodge Charger.

Dodge Charger Hellcat: America’s Most Stolen Car

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute’s most recent comprehensive report on vehicle thefts, theft claims involving the Charger in the SRT Hellcat version surpassed the norm by over 60 times the average for all models from 2020 to 2022, which is 100. That’s not all; customers who had any version of the Charger with the Hemi engine saw theft claims elevated by more than 20 times the average during the same period. We shudder to think about what thieves are doing this year as it’s widely known that the Dodge Charger and Challenger with the Hemi will see an end production by the end of the year. Some thieves have gone as far as getting into car dealerships and driving the cars off the showroom floor to get their hands on the legendary muscle car before it’s gone.

2023 Dodge Charger King Daytona H1000

For over a decade, the Charger and Challenger models equipped with potent, robust engines have consistently emerged among the top five most-stolen vehicles, a trend that commenced in 2011. Based on the theft claim frequency, we can get an even better visual of how significant this is…

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat saw a relative frequency of 6,128 cars (!) stolen, the Hemi Charger saw 2,197, just behind that is the Infiniti Q50 with 878, the Dodge Challenger comes in at 766, and in fifth place, the Land Rover Range Rover 4WD.

Just by looking at the numbers, it’s pretty clear how significant the theft of the Dodge Charger is compared to other vehicles reported. Most cars in the top 20 ranking span Kia, BMW, and Honda. The Ford F-350 Super Crew 4WD comes onto the list at number 13 with 349 reported units, the F-250 sits at number 15 with 337, and the Ram 3500 crew cab long-wheelbase 4WD sits at number 20 with 306. The main takeaway is to watch your Dodge Charger or Challenger, especially if it has the coveted Hemi V8 Engine under the hood.

As thefts continue, it makes owning vehicles like the Dodge Charger Hellcat a greater risk. That also trickles down to higher insurance rate premiums, and the need for tighter security. Despite all of this, would you still own a Charger Hellcat? Let us know in the comments.

Dodge Charger Hemi 392 Scat Pack Sonoma Raceway
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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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