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One of the scariest things about vehicle ownership in America is the very real possibility that your vehicle could get stolen. Thieves also target specific vehicle parts like catalytic converters. Some folks even go as far as stealing the tires off of a vehicle. Surprisingly, America’s most popular SUV has been safe from theft. Why are thieves avoiding the best-selling SUV on the market, the Tesla Model Y?

A red 2023 Tesla Model Y small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

“Big brother is watching you” is a popular quote from George Orwell’s 1984. Whether or not the present is truly Orwellian is up for debate. One thing for certain is that modern technology shapes the way we live our daily lives. Cars are smarter than ever before, and many are even equipped with advanced cameras.

There are concerns regarding Tesla’s constant surveillance of activity inside and outside of the brand’s vehicles. However, Tesla Model Y owners can at least appreciate the added safety that the vehicle’s many cameras provide.

The existence of Tesla’s Sentry Mode is acting as a deterrent to theft. Sentry Mode utilizes sensors and cameras to record footage of potential safety risks. So, the Model Y isn’t impervious to theft, but it makes stealing the popular SUV a lot more difficult for the average thief.

Tesla is known for its quirky and advanced features. The brand incorporated cutting-edge technology to deliver an ownership experience that is unique to Tesla vehicles. Sentry Mode may not be the most exciting Model Y feature to use, but it can help prevent theft.

Why is the Tesla Model Y the most popular SUV?

A gray 2023 Tesla Model Y small electric SUV is parked near water.
The 2023 Tesla Model Y | Tesla

Remember when consumers thought electric vehicles would never be practical enough to go mainstream? Those days are over. Today, several EV nameplates are selling well and have become favorites among drivers. No vehicle is a better example of this rise to popularity than the Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y first hit the scene back in 2020. In just four model years, it has become the most popular vehicle in the world. Its popularity is due to its design language, specs, and genius branding by the fastest-growing brand in the automotive space.

Starting MSRP$50,490
Power Output384 Horsepower, 376 LB-FT of Torque
Driving Range318 Miles
Top Speed135 MPH
0-60 Time4.8 Seconds
Tesla Model Y Long Range specs.

Tesla’s small electric SUV is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax incentive. This brings the Long Range’s price down to just $42,990. Consumers love the Model Y because it has incredible driving range and quick acceleration. It’s fun to drive and has exciting performance specs. The Model Y is leading the charge for electric vehicles, and its rise to the top doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

How to protect your vehicle from theft


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If you don’t drive a Tesla, there are still plenty of ways to protect your vehicle from theft. These tips don’t guarantee that your vehicle won’t get stolen, but they can reduce the risk significantly.

Two of the most obvious things to do to prevent theft are to lock the doors of your vehicle and never leave the primary or spare key inside when you are stepping away from it. This may seem like common sense, but plenty of drivers in suburban, less populated communities can get comfortable leaving their vehicles open/unlocked.

Closing windows is another easy way to help reduce your risk of vehicle theft. There are plenty of alarm and anti-theft systems that consumers can get installed on vehicles to make theft less of a worry.