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Metro Phoenix ranks 10th for unrecovered luxury vehicle thefts

PHOENIX — According to the latest report on luxury vehicle thefts in the United States released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Phoenix is not a safe place for Mercedes Benzes, BMWs and the like.

The report took into account thefts between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec.31, 2013 on vehicle model years 2011, 2012 and 2013 from auto makers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

“Although Arizona has seen a decrease in auto thefts in recent years, this comes as a reminder to always be aware of how and where you leave your vehicle,” said Nicole Farr of the Arizona Insurance Council.

Farr said Arizona’s proximity to the Mexico border is one of the reasons that the vehicles are not being reunited with owners.

“There’s a place to go with these stolen vehicles out of the country,” she said. “It’s quick and easy to get the stolen vehicles out of here and start taking them apart and selling them on the black market.”

Farr said New York and Newark, N.J. lead the nation in unrecovered stolen high-end cars.