Stolen Car

Sometimes you just don't want to see your car in the number one spot of a top ten list.

LoJack recently released data on the most stolen vehicles that were equipped with its theft recovery products.

The LoJack system uses a coded radio signal that gets activated when a car is reported stolen. Police can hopefully use the signal to track down the stolen car. LoJack says it helped police recover over 10,000 vehicles last year.

The FBI reports that only 57 percent of vehicles stolen last year in the US were recovered, but LoJack says that 90 percent of stolen vehicles equipped with one of its tracking devices were found.

Not surprisingly, Honda cars topped LoJack's list of most stolen and recovered vehicles. Hondas have long been a popular target for car thieves due to a combination of high resale value, ready availability and the relatively simple ignition lock systems found on older models.

Looking at the statistics for year, make and model, all of the top five most stolen and recovered cars are Hondas. The 2000 Civic was the most stolen and recovered, and the second through fifth spots were taken by 1994-1997 Accord models.

For cars less than five years old, the Toyota Camry seems to be a popular choice for car thieves. The 2007 and 2009 models came in first and second respectively. Trucks hold the third through fifth spots: the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, 2007 Cadillac Escalade and 2006 Ford F-250.

LoJack also released data for the states with the most stolen and recovered vehicles. California came in on top followed by Texas, Florida, New York and Massachusetts.

One LoJack customer is probably leading the rankings for the biggest sigh of relief. The most expensive stolen and then recovered car was a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, valued at almost $102,000.

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J. Mark Sternberg is an automotive journalist, car enthusiast and writer with a degree from the University of Arizona. Mark is a devoted Formula 1 fan and also enjoys boating, flying and attending the occasional track day.

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