Vehicle theft is a major problem. Each year tens of thousands of cars and SUVs are broken into and get stolen. It is a concern for many vehicle owners, regardless of which neighborhood you live in and is a large driver of higher insurance costs.
LoJack, a theft prevention and auto recovery company, has released its 2010 “Vehicle Theft Recovery Report”. According to LoJack, the number one most stolen car in America for 2010 was the Honda Accord. Number two was the Honda Civic. These two models flipped their finishing positions from 2009. Hondas are well known for their reliability and value but their cars have been primary targets for thieves for years.
According to LoJack, the most stolen SUV for 2010 was the Cadillac Escalade. It finished in the fifth spot overall, the same spot it finished last year. The Escalade, with its flashy style, large dimensions, and luxury, has been a theft target since it was introduced more than a decade ago.
The second most stolen SUV on the list was the Chevrolet Tahoe, another full-size SUV made by GM. It finished tenth overall. The Tahoe, which was first introduced in 1995, is not nearly as expensive as the Escalade but shares its large dimensions, American nameplate, and can be customized with large rims and other accessories.
The only truck in the top 10 was the Dodge Ram, which finished seventh overall. The Ram, a full-size pick-up, was not in the top 10 last year. Other cars on the top 10 list were the Toyota Camry, Acura Integra, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Altima, and Nissan Maxima. All cars in the top 10 list were by Japanese automakers.
If you wish to better protect your SUV from theft, you may wish to consider LoJack’s service. The company installs a transmitter hidden inside of your vehicle. It is like a homing device that allows police to track and recover it. Vehicle recovery usually only takes a few hours. The company now offers a 24-hour recovery guarantee. In 2010, LoJack said they recovered 90% of the vehicles equipped with its tracking hardware.