Car & Truck Thefts Are Up at Alarming Rates: Colorado, DC,

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) Hot Spots Report, vehicle thefts continue to skyrocket in many areas of the U.S. Nationwide, 932,329 vehicles were reported stolen to law enforcement in 2021, a 6% increase over 2020, and a 17% increase since 2019.

Colorado led the nation in 2021 with the highest overall theft rate at 661.21 thefts per 100,000 people, up from 502.12 in 2020, an increase of 32%. California led the other states with the highest number of vehicle thefts by volume once again in 2021 with 200,524 vehicles stolen, over 100,000 more thefts than second place Texas.

“For many of us, cars are essential to our livelihoods and the welfare of our families,” said NICB President and CEO David Glawe. “NICB, along with our partners in law enforcement, are proactively working to prevent and deter vehicle theft, but vehicle owners can take simple steps to empower themselves. No matter who you are or where you live, theft prevention starts with good security hygiene. Lock your doors and keep your keys with you at all times.”

The top 5 states with the most thefts by volume, which include IllinoisFlorida, and Colorado, in addition to California and Texas, account for 412,008, or 44%, of all vehicle thefts nationwide. Of these states, only Florida saw a slight decrease in vehicle thefts with 42,808, down from 44,940 in 2020.

Top 10 States by Theft Rate

Rank

State

2021 Rate

2020 Rate

1

Colorado

661.21

502.12

2

Washington, D.C.

651

562.98

3

California

511.05

475.24

4

New Mexico

475.5

426.19

5

Oregon

471.16

385.08

6

Washington

461.91

368.46

7

Missouri

428.13

453.63

8

Nevada

426.75

365.84

9

Oklahoma

359.33

371.28

10

Texas

320.04

318.52

*Theft rate is total thefts per 100,000 residents.

Top 10 Core-Based Statistical Areas by Theft Rate

*Theft rate is total thefts per 100,000 residents.

Rank CBSA/MSA 2021 Theft Rate 2020 Theft Rate
1. Bakersfield, CA 1023.68 905.41
2. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 964.92 705.80
3. Pueblo, CO 891.39 602.39
4. Albuquerque, NM 710.58 631.75
5. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 680.20 489.95
6. San Francisco – Oakland – Berkeley, CA 675.86 655.20
7. Billings, MT 611.11 564.75
8. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 597.83 345.19
9. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 582.47 465.11
10. Yuba City, CA 578.68 724.46

 

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