Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics 2018 Shows Decrease in Vehicle Theft

The Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report was released at the end of February, revealing a decrease in motor vehicle thefts. This FBI report covers the first 6 months of 2018, in comparison with the first 6 months of 2017. From January to June of 2018, vehicle thefts decreased by 3.3 percent.

By region, the largest decrease in motor vehicle theft was found in the western United States. When considering population size, the largest decrease was found in cities with population size ranging from 25,000 to 249,999.

By Region
Population Size

This is the first time in four years that motor vehicle theft had decreased within the first 6 months of the year.

Year to Year

In addition, overall property crimes for the first half of 2018 were down 7.2 percent, in comparison with the same time frame during 2017.

The full report can be found here.

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 awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,300 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $496 billion in insurance premiums in 2018, or more than 81 percent of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 92 percent ($254 billion) of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more visit www.nicb.org.