These are 10 of the Most Stolen Vehicles in the USA
Every year, hundreds of thousands of cars, trucks, and SUVs are stolen in the United States, accounting for billions of dollars in loss and an immeasurable amount of hardship put on victims. Thankfully, however, many vehicles are eventually recovered, and once again returned to their rightful owners. LoJack, a vehicle theft recovery service, has made it its mission to bring more of those vehicles home, and the firm recently announced the findings of its annual vehicle theft recovery report, cataloging the most stolen and recovered vehicles in the US for 2015 (equipped with the LoJack system). The results may surprise you. RELATED: Meet the Italian Police's Newest 190 MPH Cop Car
Of the 29 states covered by LoJack’s recovery system, the top four most stolen vehicles are common models you might expect to find right in your or your neighbor’s driveway: the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Corolla (listed in order).
The sporty Acura Integra, which was discontinued after 2001, slots in at number five, followed by the Nissan Altima, Ford F-250 pickup, Ford F-150 pickup, Nissan Maxima, and Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.
According to the company’s data, the average value of those vehicles recovered in 2015 was $10,287. When evaluating vehicles above $30,000, the firm notes Range Rovers, Ford F-series trucks, BMW X-series SUVs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Audi Q-series SUVs to be among the most commonly stolen.
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For those familiar with these annual lists, the 2015 most stolen vehicles come as no surprise, however the company says it is aware of new trends, including the proliferation of large car theft rings. The company also warns that we’re living in an era of what it calls the “Connected Vehicle Thief,” where high-tech tools can be used to gain access to vehicles as well as the increasingly digital personal property that may be inside.
In addition to anti-theft devices, the group has also offered a few basic tips to ensure you don’t become a stolen car statistic. From the simple, which include never leaving a key in the vehicle, closing all windows, locking all doors, and hiding all valuables; to the less obvious, which include parking only in well-lit areas and only using reputable valet services.
Check back later in the year for a complete list of 2015’s most stolen vehicles, as compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
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