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LoJack released its third annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report with plenty of interesting facts based on stolen vehicles and those recovered with the LoJack system.
In 2011 alone, LoJack helped law enforcement in the U.S. recover 10,261 stolen vehicles with the Honda Accord leading the pack of all-time most stolen and recovered. Second place went to the Toyota Camry, while the rest of the list (in order) were the Honda Civic, Acura Integra, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford F-250 Pickup.
As for the state with the most stolen vehicles, California took the top prize while Texas and Florida were in second and third, respectively. The oldest vehicle stolen was a 1948 Chevy Fleetline while the most expensive car stolen was a 2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG.
The Toyota Camry topped the list for 2011 model year vehicles that were stolen and recovered. The Mercedes-Benz C300, Ford F-350 Series, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla rounded off the top five.
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Often times we only hear the bad side of the story: cars getting stolen, thieves running off with your precious property, etc. But sometimes it’s nice to hear that there’s a happy ending to some of thefts thanks to Lojack.
Lojack helps retrieve countless vehicles a year, but some of the incidents are more peculiar than others. In Atlanta, a thief successfully disabled the OnStar GPS system on a stolen Cadillac Escalade, but that didn’t affect Lojack. The company, with the assistance of the local police, were able to recover the stolen vehicle.
Another interesting one was a thief that had stolen a Lexus at gunpoint from a salesman, which Lojack had no troubles finding. Or even better yet, one man was smart enough to have Lojack on his Honda Civic, but wasn’t smart enough to say no to taking a check when he sold it. Thankfully, Lojack was able to get the car back once the check bounced.
Lojack in 2011 even helped recover 30 cars that were stolen from a Southern California used car dealership. Even though only one of the vehicles was equipped with Lojack, they were able to recover all 30. Similarly, a Honda Accord Crosstour was found through Lojack, revealing a ring of stolen cars that were on their way in shipping containers to other countries.
In closing, this year was a good year for those that have Lojack. The company was vital in closing chop shops, breaking up an international car theft ring, tracking down a murder suspect in a stolen car, and even deterred the kidnapping of a four year old girl.
[Source: Motor Authority]
You meet the nicest people on a Honda… until they steal it. Honda owners should remember that the tagline only applies to motorcycles, as their cars were once again the most stolen and recovered vehicles of 2010 according to statistics released by LoJack security systems.
The Honda Accord and Civic, as well as the Toyota Camry, were the most stolen among the 10,649 total cars recovered by LoJack this year—just as they were in 2009. While this reflects the bestselling popularity among consumers, older Hondas have always been popular with thieves; mid-90s Accords, for example, and the Civic and Acura Integra are frequently targeted by nefarious enthusiasts so they can mod them.
But thieves are moving on up to newer and posher cars, just like their English brethren: one of the most stolen is the Cadillac Escalade, which is up there with the Nissan Maxima and Ram pickup. And the most popular areas for car thievery? SoCal, Texas, and Florida, where the populations are large and the car is a necessity. Click the jump to see the full list.
Either stealing a car has become a lot more difficult or the thieves just threw in the towel and decided to try their hand at another career. One thing’s for sure – car thefts were down in 2009.
According to the FBI’s 2009 crime statistics released this week, vehicle thefts dropped 17 percent from 2008. The numbers fell 35.7 percent when compared to 2005 data.
But this doesn’t mean you can stop locking your car when you leave it. There were still 600,000 vehicles stolen last year. High on the “to steal” list is the 1994 Honda Accord for some strange reason (better gas millage perhaps – even thieves are thrifty these days).
But with good news comes some bad news. News from LoJack states that the national recovery rate for stolen cars is at its lowest point in 25 years. This means that 43.2 percent of vehicles stolen in 2009 were never recovered.
According to LoJack, these vehicles are typically stolen by professional thieves. They find their way to chop shops to be stripped down to their components. By stripping the cars down, thieves can make two to four times the vehicle’s actual worth.
Transported across the U.S. boarder, thousands of stolen vehicles are used to commit other crimes or resold as used vehicles, most often to unsuspecting customers. Damn those Canadians and their love of ’94 Accords!