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The 10 Most Stolen — and Recovered Vehicles

Honda again leads the list.

by on May.27, 2014

The 2013 Honda Accord was the most stolen - and recovered - vehicle according to LoJack.

Crime, in general, has taken a sharp drop in recent years, and one reason has been a crackdown on car theft.  While there are a few hot spots left in the country – most of them in California, according to federal data – that crackdown has been paying off.

It’s not just tougher penalties and sting operations aimed at so-called “chop shops” that trade in stolen vehicles. Police across the country are getting a high-tech helping hand from advanced systems that can track and, in some cases, disable a stolen car making it easy for police to arrest thieves and recover the vehicle.


A new study by LoJack, the largest of the Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, or SVRS, vendors, reveals which vehicles are both the most stolen and the most often recovered. Some familiar names pop up, including three from Japanese maker Honda. In fact, its Accord model topped the LoJack list for the fifth year in a row.


U.S. Auto Thefts Fall to Lowest Level Since 1967

Crackdowns work as theft rate falls over 7% in 2010.

by on Jun.22, 2011

Car theft fall sharply in 2010 - though there are major "hot spots in California, experts warn.

Maybe it’s the video game craze?  You’re certainly less likely to get busted for stealing a car in Grand Theft Auto.  A nationwide crackdown is getting at least some of the credit for what appeared to be a 7.2% decline in car thefts last year.  The preliminary number, if it holds, would mark the seventh annual decline in a row and mark the lowest level of car thefts since 1967.

The West Coast remains a hotbed for car thieves, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which found that the Los Angeles suburb of Fresno saw the relatively rare increase in car thefts in 2010, which launched it from fifth to first among the urban regions NICB tracks.

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Other Left Coast hot spots included Sacramento, Spokane and San Francisco – Oakland, the insurance trade group reported.  California had eight of the Top 10 areas for car theft in 2010.

At the same time, Los Angeles was one of the many cities to report a decline in car thefts, along with the New York region, Dallas, Detroit and Miami.