DES PLAINES, Ill., October 25, 2023 — A recent report shows vehicle thefts spiking in some regions of the United States and stabilizing in others. The annual Hot Spots report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the insurance industry’s not-for-profit association dedicated to preventing and combating insurance crime, shows metro areas and states with the highest rates of vehicle theft in 2022.
Colorado topped the list of states with the highest vehicle theft rates, which increased in volume from 38,430 thefts in 2021 to 42,706 in 2022. Three of Colorado’s major metro areas were also among the top 10 regions with the highest vehicle theft rates in the U.S. per 100,000 residents. The Pueblo, Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was number one in the nation with a vehicle theft rate of 1,086.44, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA was number three with a rate of 1,062.67 and the Greeley, Colorado MSA was number nine with a rate of 589.42.
California led the U.S. in total vehicle thefts with 203,018, and Texas experienced approximately half that amount with 105,133. Significantly lower were Washington State (46,990), Florida (46,020), and Colorado (42,706), which rank third, fourth and fifth for total vehicle thefts, respectively. These five states reflected 44 percent of all thefts nationally.
Overall, there were 1,001,967 vehicle thefts nationwide in 2022, which equals about two stolen vehicles every minute, up from 937,976 in 2021. Though thefts in 2022 rose nationally, several states experienced significant declines in total thefts. Among them were states like Oklahoma, Kansas, South Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Utah, Alabama, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa and West Virginia, which saw a decrease in vehicle thefts from 2021 to 2022.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau compiled the data for its Hot Spots report from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas. These areas are established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and are defined as an urban area with a population of at least 50,000 people, and part of a region linked by various social and economic factors. The NICB report analyzes the number of thefts per 100,000 residents, which allows it to compare smaller regions like Sioux Falls, South Dakota with larger regions like Seattle, Washington.
Top 10 States by Theft Rate
|Rank||State||2022 Theft Rate||2021 Theft Rate|
|2.||District of Columbia||700.06||651.00|
Top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas by Theft Rate
|Rank||CBSA/MSA||2022 Theft Rate||2021 Theft Rate|
|8.||San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA||699.30||597.83|
|10.||Kansas City, MO-KS||572.67||578.68|