Tesla cars have been ranked as the least stolen vehicles in the United States due to their standard GPS tracking feature. This means that if a Tesla is stolen, it can be quickly located. This information comes from the non-profit organization, Highway Loss Data Institute, which is supported by the insurance industry in the US. According to their report, there were over 40 million car theft losses, with 18,000 claims for theft.
The report shows that Tesla cars are the least stolen vehicles, with the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y being the top two least stolen cars. Other models of Tesla also ranked highly in the report. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has stated that on average, the Model 3 and Model Y have a claim frequency for theft of only 3%.
While car thefts of Tesla vehicles are low in the US, they are more common in Europe, where thieves are able to steal Tesla cars using relay attacks. This involves disrupting the signal between the car key and the vehicle itself to trick the car into thinking the key is nearby. In response to this, Tesla has added an extra layer of security to their Key Fob, improving encryption and introducing the PIN to Drive feature, significantly reducing the chances of a Tesla being stolen.
In addition to the PIN to Drive feature, Tesla drivers can also store the Tesla key card in an RFID card holder to prevent attacks. However, this method is not effective if the driver is already using their mobile phone as a key.
TLDR: according to the Highway Loss Data Institute, Tesla cars are the least stolen vehicles in the US due to their GPS tracking feature. However, in Europe, thieves have been able to steal Tesla cars using relay attacks. To combat this, Tesla has enhanced their Key Fob security and introduced the PIN to Drive feature.