The bad news for Honda Accord owners? It was the most stolen car in 2012. The good news? It was also the most recovered.
LoJack Corp., which manufactures the Lojack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, today released its fourth annual vehicle-theft recovery report based on statistics from 28 states. The study not only tracks auto-theft trends across the U.S. during the past year, but also serves as a de facto advertisement for the device, which in 2012 helped law-enforcement officials recover nearly $125 million worth of stolen vehicles.
Citing FBI reports, the study notes that a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds and that the recovery rate is at a 30-year low. Still, vehicles equipped with a LoJack were recovered 94% of the time, the company reported.
"Unlike other location-based systems, LoJack Police Tracking Computers can find vehicles in some of the most secluded locations, including shipping containers that are hidden amongst thousands of others onboard a ship that is about to depart the United States," said Patrick Clancy, vice president of law enforcement for LoJack, in a statement.
Click below for LoJack's top 10 "most stolen and recovered" vehicles for 2012 and here for a list of February's 10 best-selling cars; the Honda Accord ranks high on the list.10. Chevy Tahoe
9. Nissan Altima
8. Nissan Maxima
7. Cadillac Escalade
6. Chevrolet Silverado
5. Toyota Corolla
4. Acura Integra
3. Toyota Camry
2. Honda Civic
1. Honda Accord
Other noteworthy findings from the study are:
- States with the highest 2012 auto-theft rates are California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, Georgia and Washington, respectively.
- The oldest vehicle stolen and recovered was a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air.
- The most expensive vehicle stolen and recovered was a 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600, valued at $108,025.
- 19% more stolen hybrids were recovered in 2011 than in 2010.
- Black was the most common color of recovered cars while blue was least common.