Auto Theft

Auto Theft

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

The FBI includes the theft or attempted theft of automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters, snowmobiles and other vehicles in its definition of motor vehicle theft. A motor vehicle is stolen on average every 44 seconds in the U.S.

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT IN THE UNITED STATES, 2003-2012

Year Vehicles stolen Percent change
2003 1,261,226 1.2%
2004 1,237,851 -1.9
2005 1,235,859 -0.2
2006 1,198,245 -3.0
2007 1,100,472 -8.2
2008 959,059 -12.9
2009 795,652 -17.0
2010 739,565 -7.0
2011 716,508 -3.1
2012 721,053 0.6

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports.

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  • Motor vehicles were stolen at a rate of 229.7 per 100,000 people in 2012, down 0.1 percent from 2011, down 27.2 percent from 2008 and down 47.0 percent from 2003.
  • More than $4.3 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2012. The average dollar loss per theft was $6,019.

TOP TEN U.S. METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS BY MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT RATE, 2013

 

Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area (1) Vehicles stolen Rate (2)
1 Bakersfield, CA 6,267 725.24
2 Fresno, CA 6,750 706.61
3 Modesto, CA 3,565 678.41
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 29,326 649.34
5 Stockton-Lodi, CA 4,463 633.61
6 Redding, CA 1,120 625.77
7 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 3,205 598.26
8 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 2,540 597.95
9 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 10,925 569.12
10 Yuba City, CA 930 551.31

(1) Metropolitan Statistical Areas are designated by the federal Office of Management and Budget and usually include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named.
(2) Rate of vehicle thefts reported per 100,000 people based on the 2013 U.S. Census Population Estimates.

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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  • All but two of the top 10 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas for motor vehicle theft are in California. The remaining two are in Washington State.

 

TOP TEN STATES WITH THE MOST AND THE FEWEST NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS, 2012

   Most motor vehicle thefts     Fewest motor vehicle thefts  
Rank State Vehicles stolen Rank State Vehicles stolen
1 California 168,608 1 Vermont 435
2 Texas 64,996 2 Wyoming 584
3 Florida 37,330 3 Maine 995
4 Georgia 28,536 4 New Hampshire 1,023
5 Washington 26,402 5 South Dakota 1,065
6 Illinois 25,690 6 North Dakota 1,151
7 Michigan 25,115 7 Idaho 1,364
8 Ohio 19,512 8 Delaware 1,436
9 Arizona 19,158 9 Alaska 1,522
10 New York  17,348 10 Montana 1,689

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports.

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MOST STOLEN VEHICLES

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that the Honda Accord was the most frequently stolen passenger vehicle in 2013, with 53,995 thefts among all model years of this car. The Honda Civic ranked second, with 45,001 thefts. The NICB notes that older Honda Accords and Civics account for these most of these thefts. Newer Hondas are rarely stolen, due to improved antitheft technology. Among 2013 model year vehicles, the Nissan Altima was the most frequently stolen vehicle in calendar year 2013, with 810 thefts, followed by the Ford Fusion, with 793 thefts.

 

TOP TEN MOST FREQUENTLY STOLEN PASSENGER VEHICLES, 2013

Rank Model (1) Thefts
1 Honda Accord 53,995
2 Honda Civic 45,001
3 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) 27,809
4 Ford Pickup (Full Size) 26,494
5 Toyota Camry 14,420
6 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) 11,347
7 Dodge Caravan 10,911
8 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee 9,272
9 Toyota Corolla 9,010
10 Nissan Altima 8,892

(1) Includes all model years for each vehicle.

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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TOP TEN MOST FREQUENTLY STOLEN PASSENGER VEHICLES, 2013 MODEL YEAR

Rank Model Thefts
1 Nissan Altima 810
2 Ford Fusion 793
3 Ford Pickup Full Size 775
4 Toyota Corolla 669
5 Chevrolet Impala 654
6 Hyundai Elantra 541
7 Dodge Charger 536
8 Chevrolet Malibu 529
9 Chevrolet Cruze 499
10 Ford Focus 483

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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