According to the FBI, we’re coming up to a couple of the hottest months of the year, and we’re not talking about the weather. Turns out, July and August are the top two months for vehicle theft, and LoJack and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) are doing their part by holding their 6th annual National Vehicle Theft Protection Month. For this year, they have come up with an infographic that provides a few details and stats about car theft, as well as some helpful hints to ensure you are not a victim.

First, the facts. In 2010, there were 737,000 vehicle thefts and only 56% of those vehicles were ever recovered. The average loss per vehicle was $6,152. Not exactly a small number by anyone’s standards. What’s worse is that, if you own a Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Toyota Camry, you are more likely to be a victim because these were the top three vehicles stolen in 2010. The Ford Mustang made up a total of 9,116 instances of car theft in 2010, so we can only imagine how many of the top three vehicles were stolen during that time.

Where you live is also a factor. Nine out of 10 areas in numbers of stolen cars are in California and Washington State, with seven of the areas belonging to The Golden State.

Being the trusting - or rushed - souls that we are, 68% of people have left their car running when they aren’t in it or have left their car unlocked, while 64% of people have their home address programmed into their GPS system and 32% have left an electronic device or personal documents in plain view.

So what can we do to protect ourselves and our vehicles from theft? The number one protection aid is to use COMMON SENSE. Hey, they said it, we only repeated it. The second and third are to use theft protection products and a tracking and recovery system.

Check out the rest of the infographic after the jump to get more helpful information and remember to check back with us for the next installment in our Car Infographics series.

Car Infographics: Auto Theft in the U.S.
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  (683) posted on 07.16.2012

Wow, the most expensive stolen vehicle in 2011 is the Mercedes S63 AMG.

  (394) posted on 07.12.2012

Those data represent how US is affected by that crime.

  (797) posted on 07.11.2012

Christmas day has the highest number of stolen vehicles. It seems that they are using that holiday season to steal cars.

  (630) posted on 07.10.2012

I can’t believe that Honda Accord is the most stolen vehicle in the United States.

  (553) posted on 07.10.2012

That’s a huge number and percentage. How will the government respond to this kind of situation?

  (474) posted on 07.8.2012

That is very informative. I really don’t know that the stolen cars in US are serious case.

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