LoJack Releases Annual Theft Recovery Report

LoJack has just published its second annual “Theft Recovery Report,” which shows that auto theft is still rampant in the U.S. The report gives statistics regarding the most commonly stolen vehicles and also ranks states with the highest rates of car theft. The report was put together using LoJack’s data from 2010, when the company helped police recover 10,649 vehicles. Just like in years past, imports dominated the top 10 most stolen cars.

Hondas once again topped the list as the make targeted most by thieves, with the 2000 Honda Civic claiming the title of most stolen vehicle two years running. The vehicles taking 2nd through 4th place were all Accords, specifically the 1997 Accord, 1996 Accord and 1994 Accord. When not taking model year into account, the Honda Accord was the most stolen model of 2010, followed by last year’s number one model, the Honda Civic. The Toyota Camry, Acura Integra and Cadillac Escalade remained in the same positions as last year, holding steady in 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

The report also seems to show that criminals are targeting newer vehicles now that they’ve found ways around modern security features like smart keys. The 2007 Toyota Camry was the most stolen vehicle less than five years old, with the 2009 Camry ranked number two. In addition, the report also ranked the top 10 states with the highest auto theft rates. California retained its title as the state with the highest rates of car theft, followed by Texas, Florida, New York and Massachusetts.

Although the report shows that car theft is still a major problem, it also points out that 90 percent of vehicles equipped with LoJack reported stolen in 2010 were recovered—contributing to the nearly $4 billion in stolen property that LoJack has helped recover worldwide. While those numbers sound promising, whether or not the risk of theft is high enough to justify the $695-1095 for a LoJack recovery system is up to you.

Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Make & Model:

2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. Honda Accord 2
2. Honda Civic 1
3. Toyota Camry 3
4. Acura Integra 4
5. Cadillac Escalade 5
6. Toyota Corolla 6
7. Dodge Ram Pickup (New)
8. Nissan Altima 8
9. Nissan Maxima (New)
10. Chevrolet Tahoe 7

Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Year, Make & Model:

2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. 2000 Honda Civic 1
2. 1997 Honda Accord 3
3. 1996 Honda Accord 5
4. 1994 Honda Accord 6
5. 1995 Honda Accord 9
Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Year, Make & Model (Less than 5 Yrs. Old)
1. 2007 Toyota Camry
2. 2009 Toyota Camry
3. 2006 Chevrolet Silverado
4. 2007 Cadillac Escalade
5. 2006 Ford F-250 Series
States with the Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles:
2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. California 1
2. Texas 2
3. Florida 3
4. New York 4
5. Massachusetts 5
6. New Jersey 6
7. Arizona 7
8. Maryland 8
9. Georgia 10
10. Nevada 9
Source: LoJack

Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Make & Model:
2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. Honda Accord 2
2. Honda Civic 1
3. Toyota Camry 3
4. Acura Integra 4
5. Cadillac Escalade 5
6. Toyota Corolla 6
7. Dodge Ram Pickup (New)
8. Nissan Altima 8
9. Nissan Maxima (New)
10. Chevrolet Tahoe 7
Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Year, Make & Model:
2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. 2000 Honda Civic 1
2. 1997 Honda Accord 3
3. 1996 Honda Accord 5
4. 1994 Honda Accord 6
5. 1995 Honda Accord 9
Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles by Year, Make & Model (Less than 5 Yrs. Old)
1. 2007 Toyota Camry
2. 2009 Toyota Camry
3. 2006 Chevrolet Silverado
4. 2007 Cadillac Escalade
5. 2006 Ford F-250 Series
States with the Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles:
2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. California 1
2. Texas 2
3. Florida 3
4. New York 4
5. Massachusetts 5
6. New Jersey 6
7. Arizona 7
8. Maryland 8
9. Georgia 10
10. Nevada 9
Lawrence Kolb
Raw numbers don't mean much. How about giving data on thefts per 1000 people or 1000 models sold?

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