Vehicle theft has been a mainstay of crime statistics for decades, and even as security measures have improved to deter criminal activity, it remains a problem to this day. Improved technology has brought other advantages to the market, such as GPS tracking abilities, smart-key deterrents, and internal, on-board computer systems capable of helping law enforcement track and recover stolen vehicles. One company that builds just such systems is LoJack (NASDAQ:LOJN), which just released its detailed report concerning car theft, and includes statistics and insight into criminal activity throughout the year of 2013.
It’s important to keep in mind that LoJack’s findings are limited to vehicles that have an active LoJack recovery system installed, which may differ from overall crime statistics. LoJack was kind enough to include a helpful infographic to better visualize the data, and highlight some of the major takeaways from their report. The data provides some interesting insights, like that vehicles that are black in color are the most likely to be stolen, with 20.42 percent of the overall figures. The most expensive vehicle that was stolen and subsequently recovered was a 2011 Porsche (POAHF.PK) Panamera, valued at $103,400. The oldest vehicle recovered was a 1963 Cadillac (NYSE:GM) Convertible. One final interesting tidbit was that law enforcement saw an increase of 70 percent in recovery of Toyota‘s (NYSE:TM) popular Prius car.
Although the report is riddled with data that can influence consumer behavior, the category most people are interested in is which vehicles are most likely to be stolen. As laid out by LoJack’s data, here are the top ten vehicles most stolen and recovered during 2013 that were equipped with the LoJack system.
10. Chevrolet Tahoe
Coming in at the number ten spot on LoJack’s report is the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe has been a favorite of families and outdoor enthusiasts for many years, but its abundance of materials and electronics make it a prime target for thieves. However, the Tahoe’s large exterior and hard-to-hide profile makes it stand out, and therefore easier for law enforcement agencies to track down.
9. Nissan Altima
At the number nine spot, the Nissan (NSANY.PK) Altima makes an appearance as a favorite of car thieves. A sporty sedan that can fly under the radar on most roads, the Altima ranks with many others in its class as a high value target. Although it doesn’t see quite the rate of thefts as models from Honda (NYSE:HMC) or Toyota, the Altima is a sought after vehicle by car shoppers and prowlers alike. As Nissan’s only vehicle in the top ten, the Altima looks to be a bit riskier than its cousins like the Maxima or Sentra.
8. Ford F-350
In a surprising finish, the Ford (NYSE:F) F-350 super heavy-duty pickup truck finished as the eighth most stolen and recovered vehicle according to LoJack’s report. Beating out its little brothers like the F-150 and F-250, the F-350 is not the only pickup on our list, but it is definitely the biggest. Lots of F-350 owners tend to live in rural or suburban areas, which can be less lit or secure, possibly adding to the truck’s risk factor. Like the Chevy Tahoe, the size and breadth of the F-350 make it hard to conceal for law enforcement, making it one of the better vehicles to eventually be recovered.
7. Cadillac Escalade
When it comes to luxury SUVs, no vehicle tends to pop up first in many people’s minds than the Cadillac Escalade. A status symbol for many, the Escalade ranks at number seven in LoJack’s report as a favorite of vagrants. Loaded with luxury accessories and technology, the Escalade is a very attractive pick for many thieves looking to capitalize. Much like the other vehicles on the list, its size does help with eventual recovery, however.
6. Acura Integra
An older but massively popular car, the Acura Integra has been a big target for thieves for many years. Although the Integra is no longer in production, that hasn’t stopped criminals from targeting it for theft. In fact, the fact that it is no longer in production may add to the reasons why a thief may target the car, as parts and accessories become more scarce year after year. The only Acura model to make the list, the Integra fits right into the middle of the bell curve when it comes to stolen and recovered vehicles in the U.S.
5. Chevrolet Silverado
The last of the “bigger” vehicles on the list, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup breaks into the top five on LoJack’s report. While the findings don’t differentiate trim or model of the Silverado is specifically targeted, it’s easy to imagine that thieves look to the popular pickup for the same reasons they target Ford’s F-350 or the Chevy’s Tahoe. Also a favorite of rural vehicle owners, the truck may fall victim to thieves looking for vehicles in unsecured and darkened areas.
4. Toyota Corolla
The first of two Toyota cars on the list, the Corolla ranks way up at number four. The Corolla has been a mainstay on reports such as LoJack’s, thanks to high demand for parts, technology, and accessories. The numbers may be skewed a bit also due to the high popularity of Toyota’s cars. As the Corolla tends to rank way up on customer favorites’ lists, a high concentration of vehicles may tend to improve the odds of theft.
3. Toyota Camry
Another Toyota model in rapid succession, the Camry beats out the Corolla to be Toyota’s most stolen and recovered vehicle, and the third most of all vehicles on the road. The reasons for the Camry’s appeal are more or less the same as the Corolla’s, meaning a high popularity and demand for the vehicle and its components make it an easy target for thieves. A low profile also helps the Camry fly under the radar after theft, potentially making it an easier target.
2. Honda Civic
Not very surprising to most, the Honda Civic is the second most stolen and recovered vehicle in America, according to LoJack’s report. The Civic is a massively popular consumer sedan, with thousands of models on the road all across the country. The Civic has been a favorite of vagrants for many years, and even as technology has improved to deter theft, the sedan remains a prime target. The Civic also ranks in the number four spot for new models stolen in 2013, not just overall models. The Civic is a fantastic choice for any car owner, but it is also comes with a risk of attracting unwanted attention.
1. Honda Accord
For the fifth straight year, the Honda Accord ranks as the most stolen and recovered vehicle equipped with LoJack’s recovery system. Beating out all other vehicles like the Civic, Corolla, and Camry, the Accord continues to be a highly attractive target for car thieves, and is the third Honda-manufactured model in the top ten. Factors such as consumer popularity, practicality, and demand for parts and accessories could all be factors in the Accord’s appeal, and all of Honda’s anti-theft measures have not seemed to knock it out of the top spot. For consumers, the Accord makes for a solid vehicle choice, but shoppers should be aware of the theft risk that comes with it.