Lojack is in the business of keeping your car in your driveway, and the vehicle tracking company recently released its third-annual vehicle theft report
. In 2011, the company helped recover some 10,261 stolen vehicles, which works out to an impressive 92-percent recovery rate.
Last year, the most stolen make and model
(without regard to vehicle age) equipped with a Lojack tracking system was the Honda Accord, followed by the Toyota Camry, the Honda Civic, the Acura Integra and the Toyota Corolla. If you’re looking for a domestic vehicle on the list, the Cadillac Escalade came in at number eight, followed by the Chevy Tahoe and the Ford F-250 pickup.
For 2011 model year vehicles, the Toyota Camry
topped the list, followed by the Mercedes-Benz C300
, the Ford F-350 pickup, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. The most expensive vehicle recovered with the help of Lojack last year was a 2010 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, valued at $116,825.
The states with the highest number of stolen, then recovered cars are California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland Arizona, Georgia and Nevada. The same ten states made last year’s list, too, indicating some consistency among car thieves.
Lojack’s first recovery of 2011 happened on New Year’s Day at 2:20 a.m., while its last save occurred at 11:19 p.m. on December 31.
While no car can be rendered theft-proof, the use of a Lojack vehicle tracking system does improve your odds considerably. While Lojack customers have a 92-percent recovery rate, the overall recovery rate of stolen vehicles is a dismal 56 percent.
Even though overall car theft rates are down
, if you value your car and live in a high-theft state, installing a Lojack system may prove to be money well spent.