Colorado Leads U.S. in Vehicle Theft Rate, California in Overall Thefts

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Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and Colorado are places where your car is most likely to disappear in 60 seconds.

Vehicle thefts have increased sharply in many areas of the US, according to recently published reports National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Spots Report.

Nationally, 932,329 vehicles were reported stolen to law enforcement in 2021, a 6% increase from 2020 and a 17% increase from 2019.

The top five states by volume — Illinois, Florida, Colorado, California and Texas — account for 44 percent of all vehicle thefts nationwide. Colorado led the nation in 2021 with the highest overall burglary rate at 661.21 burglaries per 100,000 people, up from 502.12 in 2020, a 32% increase.

California had the highest number of vehicle thefts in 2021 with 200,524 vehicles stolen. Bakersfield, California also had the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Basis Statistical Area (CBSA) with the highest burglary rate in the US at 1,024 burglaries per 100,000 people.

Of the leading states, only Florida saw a slight decrease in vehicle thefts in 2021, with 42,808, down from 44,940 in 2020. Since the release of the 2020 Hot Spots report, 22 states have seen decreases in vehicle thefts. vehicles.

“For many of us, automobiles are essential to our livelihoods and the well-being of our families,” said NICB President and CEO David Glau.

“The NICB, along with our law enforcement partners, work proactively to prevent and deter vehicle theft, but vehicle owners can take simple steps to empower themselves,” Glau said. “No matter who you are or where you live, preventing theft starts with good security hygiene. Lock your doors and keep your keys with you at all times.

Preventing vehicle theft can also mean lower auto insurance rates, as high-theft areas tend to pay more for insurance, as do drivers of the most commonly stolen vehicle models.

If your car is stolen, call law enforcement and your insurer immediately. NICB data shows that reporting a vehicle as soon as possible after it has been stolen increases the chance of recovery.

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