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National Insurance Crime Bureau

2018 Foreign Operations Repatriation Statistics

During 2018, Foreign Operations located 2,536 vehicles and recovered 2,485 vehicles from foreign countries. The total number of vehicles repatriated in 2018 is a 4.5-percent increase from the number of vehicles recovered in 2017, which totaled 2,378 vehicles.

Below is a brief overview of the top recovery cities, top makes/models located, and top theft cities based on the 2,536 vehicles located during 2018.

Top 5 Recovery Cities

  1. Tijuana, Baja California (880)
  2. Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua (140)
  3. Nogales, Sonora (136)
  4. Hermosillo, Sonora (101)
  5. Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (100)

Top 5 Makes Located

  1. Ford (412)
  2. Chevrolet (405)
  3. Nissan (308)
  4. Toyota (222)
  5. Honda (177)

Top 5 Models Located

  1. Ford F150 (145)
  2. Chevrolet Silverado (108)
  3. Toyota Camry (90)
  4. Nissan Altima (74)
  5. Honda Accord (72)

Top 5 Theft Cities by ORI

  1. San Diego Police Department (217)
  2. El Paso Police Department (130)
  3. Phoenix Police Department (96)
  4. California Highway Patrol- San Diego (92)
  5. Tucson Police Department (75)

Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, learning and development, government affairs and public affairs. The NICB is supported by more than 1,400 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $525 billion in insurance premiums in 2019, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 95% ($241 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit