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Vehicle theft-recovery company LoJack just released its seventh annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report, which summarizes theft statistics from all LoJack-equipped stolen cars in 28 states in 2015.

In this document, LoJack reports not only an increase in total vehicle thefts in the first half of 2015 compared to 2014 but also a sharp rise in thefts of bigger-ticket vehicles such as the Land Rover Range Rover, the Audi Q Series and the BMW X Series. At the heart of these disturbing trends is what the report calls the "connected vehicle thief," a tech-savvy felon employing digital tactics to defeat security alarms, power door locks and electronic ignitions.

But even in the age of car-stealing nerds, the most-stolen cars include a number of familiar nameplates that have been historically popular with car thieves of all stripes.

One thing to keep in mind when considering the report's findings is that they're based on vehicles equipped with the LoJack recovery system. It's not a comprehensive sample of the entire car population, nor does it include all 50 states.

Most-Stolen Cars

Although LoJack discovered a recent uptick in thefts of cars over $30,000, the most-stolen list is still peppered with the usual array of compact and midsize vehicles. While higher-ticket rides typically wind up somewhere overseas to be sold after they're stolen, thieves seek out older models of highly popular cars to chop up for parts, which is a lucrative business.

LoJack's list of the most frequently stolen cars includes:

  1. Honda Civic.
  2. Honda Accord.
  3. Toyota Camry.
  4. Toyota Corolla.
  5. Acura Integra.
  6. Nissan Altima.
  7. Nissan Maxima.

The Ford F-150 and F-250 and the Chevrolet Tahoe rounded out the top 10 most-stolen list.

States With the Most Thefts and Recoveries

Due to pure volume, it makes sense that larger or more densely populated states would have a higher number of car thefts. The same findings might not hold true in terms of thefts per 100,000 people.

But sometimes, more people doesn't necessarily translate into more car thefts. Of the 28 states included in the LoJack report, a couple are a bit of a surprise. Nevada, in particular, seems to defy the correlation between higher population and greater number of vehicles stolen, as does Maryland. But the top three states in LoJack's report are always among those with the largest number of car thefts on just about any published list. The top 10 list includes:

  1. California.
  2. Texas.
  3. Florida.
  4. New York.
  5. New Jersey.
  6. Arizona.
  7. Maryland.
  8. Georgia.
  9. Massachusetts.
  10. Nevada.

What it means to you: No car is completely safe from car theft, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't do everything you can to protect yours. You don't have to outrun the bear; you just have to outrun the person next to you. Making your car tougher to steal than the one parked beside it might be all it takes to encourage the average car thief to move along to greener pastures.

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