Vehicle Theft Rates Vary Across US States, According to FBI Data

Vehicle Theft Rates Vary Across US States, According to FBI Data

According to recently released FBI data, vehicle theft rates in the United States varied across different states between 2021 and 2022. The majority of reported carjackings involved an assailant with a weapon, and more than a quarter of these incidents resulted in injuries. A new report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a not-for-profit organization, analyzed FBI data to identify the states with the highest vehicle theft rates in 2022 per 100,000 residents.

The NICB report revealed that states primarily located on the West Coast and in the Southwest had the highest vehicle theft rates. Colorado topped the list for the second consecutive year, reporting a theft rate of over 731 cars per 100,000 residents in 2022, a 10% increase compared to 2021. The District of Columbia ranked second, with approximately 700 cars stolen per 100,000 residents last year.

California, although not topping the list for the highest vehicle theft rate, had the highest number of car thefts in the nation in 2022. The state reported 203,018 thefts, while Texas followed with over 105,000 car thefts. Despite its high theft rate, Colorado reported approximately 42,700 car thefts.

The safest states in terms of vehicle theft rates were primarily located in the Northeast. New Hampshire had the lowest car theft rate at about 54 per 100,000 residents, closely followed by Maine with 68 per 100,000. New Hampshire reported the fewest overall car thefts in 2022, with 750 incidents, while Wyoming and Maine reported 770 and 944 thefts, respectively.

The NICB report also highlighted the metro areas with the highest car theft rates in 2022. Pueblo, Colorado, topped the list with a rate of 1,086 thefts per 100,000 residents, followed by Bakersfield, California (1,072 per 100,000), and Denver (1,063 per 100,000). In terms of the number of reported thefts, Los Angeles had the highest count with over 72,700 incidents, more than double that of second-ranked Chicago.

To protect against car theft, experts recommend locking doors, using anti-theft devices, parking in well-lit areas or secure garages, not leaving keys in the car, keeping valuables hidden, and retaining ownership certificates when purchasing used vehicles.

 

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