Surprising Facts About California Automotive Theft This Year

You probably know someone who has been the victim of automotive theft, or you have had your own car stolen if you live in California. According to California Highway Patrol, the average rate of theft in 2021 was one vehicle every 3 minutes.  Let that sink in for a moment.  A law-abiding citizen returns to their parking space or goes out to their driveway and to their dismay, their vehicle is gone.

It should be noted, 194,876 vehicles were stolen in 2021 with an estimated total value of $1.7 billion according to the FBI.  This number represents a 7.7% increase compared to statewide automotive thefts in 2020.  Clearly, automotive theft is a risk to California residents.

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Automobiles Are Most At Risk of Automotive Theft In California

2021  Top Theft Targets In California Graph

Most At Risk Automobiles

  1. Honda Civic 2000
  2. Honda Civic 1998
  3. Honda Civic 1999

Unsurprisingly, the Honda Civic claims the top spot for vehicle theft due to its popularity and longevity. It is surprising that vehicles ~20 years old are the primary target compared to newer models.

The 2000 and 1998 Honda Civic ranks as the number one and two stolen vehicles in California for the 4th straight consecutive year. The 1999 Honda Civic ranked number three for the second year.

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Personal Trucks and SUVs

  1. Chevy Silverado 2001
  2. Chevy Silverado 2002
  3. Chevy Silverado 2004

For the first time, the Chevy Silverado claimed the top three spots with 2001, 2002, and 2004 at one, two, and three respectively.

California Counties Where Automotive Theft Rates Are High

2021 Top Counties For Vehicle Theft Graph

Approximately 53.7% of all thefts occurred in Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties). Of the thefts in Southern California, 57.8% occurred in Los Angeles County. (California Highway Patrol)

• Firstly, ~17.9% of all thefts occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties). Of the thefts in the San Francisco Bay Area, 44.2% occurred in Alameda County. (California Highway Patrol)

• Secondly, ~12.7% of all thefts occurred in the Central Valley (Kern, Fresno, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Merced, Madera, and Kings Counties). Of the thefts in the Central Valley, 36.5% occurred in Kern County. (California Highway Patrol)

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Stolen Vehicle Recovery Stats

Next, it is reported by the California Highway Patrol that 88% or 171,654 stolen vehicles are recovered; however, only 60.2% were recovered fully intact. To put this into perspective, 68,318 vehicles were missing major parts, experienced minor damage, or were intentionally burned. This represents enough vehicles to fill up the parking lot at Disney World five times over.

How LoJack Could Have Lowered Losses

Importantly, reports that there is a 98% recovery rate for vehicles with a LoJack GPS stolen vehicle device installed. If all vehicles stolen in California had LoJack installed, this would represent 19,324 vehicles that criminals would not have gotten away with stealing. Moreover, let’s assume the average loss per vehicle ($1.7B / 194,876 stolen vehicles in 2021) is $8,723. Then, LoJack could have prevented $168.5 million in losses in 2021 alone.

Furthermore, thousands of victims would have been able to avoid the overwhelming feeling emotion of helplessness as one of their most important and valuable assets just disappears.  The questions, “Where do I go from here? Who do I call?  What options do I have?” would all be answered.  With a LoJack device installed in their vehicle, the recovery process would be simple.  Undoubtedly, they can simply open the LoJack Go app and file a claim with local law enforcement.  Chances are that the vehicle will be recovered in no time. Indeed, the LoJack Go app has a 4.8-star rating (out of 5) with over 36k reviews. Quite simply, it works. Protecting yourself doesn’t need to be hard. Taking smart proactive decisions is the key. And, choosing to trust LoJack is definitely a smart and proactive decision.

How To Order LoJack

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  1. Purchase LoJack from the VG Motors online store.
  2. Schedule a convenient time for one of our local certified technicians to install LoJack for you (complimentary service – free of charge – we come to you).
  3. You feel good that your vehicle is connected and protected by the #1 stolen vehicle recovery brand.

Reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at (850) 407-3017 and we can answer any questions you may have.

While the LoJack price may vary depending on the specific model and features, many vehicle owners find it to be a valuable investment in enhancing the security of their cars and increasing the chances of recovery in the event of theft.

LoJack Cost

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In closing, LoJack is the #1 stolen vehicle device for a reason. The system works. Lojack customers are more at peace knowing their vehicle is always connected and protected. To learn more about how to purchase LoJack online and have a professional install for you, contact The three-step process is simple. We specialize in helping vehicle owners in California from becoming victims of automotive theft by installing LoJack. Definitely call us or reach out if you have any questions.

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