LoJack announced that law enforcement officials recovered more than $112 million in stolen vehicles equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in 2015.
LoJack’s seventh annual “Vehicle Theft Recovery Report” and infographic highlights a concerning issue that thieves continue to target more expensive vehicles, with values over $30,000. These vehicles are an inseparable part of their owners’ lives, and increasingly are also a repository of personal property and information that thieves can use for other crimes of opportunity. The era of the “Connected Vehicle Thief” continues to emerge.
According to LoJack’s Vehicle Theft Recovery Report:
The average value of vehicles recovered in 2015 was $10,287
The top vehicle models over $30,000 recovered in 2015 included:
• Land Rover Range Rover
• Ford F-Series
• BMW X-Series
• Chevy Camaro
• Audi Q-Series
For the seventh consecutive year, California, Texas and Florida ranked as the top three states respectively for LoJack system-equipped stolen and recovered vehicles.
The following were the top 10 most stolen and recovered LoJack system-equipped vehicle models in 2015:
1. Honda Civic
2. Honda Accord
3. Toyota Camry
4. Toyota Corolla
5. Acura Integra
6. Nissan Altima
7. Ford F250
8. Ford F150
9. Nissan Maxima
10. Chevy Tahoe
FBI data from the 2015 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Report show that the number of stolen vehicles increased in the first half of 2015 compared to 2014. In addition, the National Insurance Crime Bureau has recently warned about certain types of complex vehicle thefts, including the use of mystery devices to unlock vehicles and vehicle cloning.
Today’s modern vehicle thieves are increasingly part of large, organized crime rings that have an incentive to target higher value vehicles which can be cut up for parts, re-sold, or even shipped to overseas black markets for a substantial profit. Traditional vehicle theft tactics have been supplemented with more complex schemes such as acquiring and copying smart keys and using stolen credit reports and false identities to illegally finance vehicles.
“Our vehicles have become an extension of our digitally-enabled lives and carry sensitive personal information about us. Each time a vehicle is stolen, it impacts the owner far beyond the loss of property,” said Pat Clancy, Vice President of Law Enforcement for LoJack. “While theft tactics are advancing, law enforcement officials and dealerships who partner with LoJack are dedicated to recovering vehicles in a timely fashion and minimizing the impact on owners.”
Clancy continued, “In California, the FBI is reporting increasing auto theft rates, but the strong cooperation between LoJack and its law enforcement partners has helped improve tracking and recovery of stolen vehicles, which is why California continues to top all states in recoveries.”
Other noteworthy highlights of the 2015 LoJack Vehicle Theft Recovery Report:
States with the most thefts and recoveries in 2015:
4. New York
5. New Jersey
Most expensive vehicle stolen and recovered: 2011 Bentley GT, valued at $138,481
Oldest vehicle recovered: 1956 Ford Fairlane
Most common vehicle colors stolen and recovered (in order of most stolen): black, white, gray, silver and blue
First LoJack system recovery: January 1, 2015 at 2:17 a.m. ET (2007 Honda Civic EX)
Last LoJack system recovery: December 31, 2015, at 11:52 p.m. ET (2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV).