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Tip Center - Auto Theft Statistics

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, auto theft is a very profitable business, generating nearly $8 billion a year. Despite declining auto theft rates, business continues to grow in the United States due to the ever increasing value of cars.

It's an awful feeling to be a victim of auto theft. According to the FBI, auto theft occurs about every 30 seconds in the United States, so if you are a victim, don't feel alone. is here to help. is the largest international auto theft database, it's both free and easy to search and report auto theft.


Auto Theft Statistics


According to the the FBI's 2008 Uniform Crime Reports, an auto theft occurs about thirty seconds in the United States. Auto theft rates vary from month to month and geographical location. To see the top ten stolen cars, click here.

According to the FBI's 2008 Uniform Crime Reports, auto theft fell 12.7 percent from 2007 to 2008, with 956,846 auto thefts reported in 2008.

In 2008, only %12 of auto theft cases were solved.

Areas that experienced the highest amount of auto theft for 2008 from highest to lowest: the South %37.8, the West %33.9, the Midwest %18.3 and the Northeast %10.0.

Based on The Department of Justice latest data from 1993 to 2002, car jacking only accounted for %3 of auto thefts and occur mostly in urban areas.

Top Ten States For Auto Theft


This is the list of top ten states for auto theft from highest to lowest:

  1. California 242,693
  2. Texas 95,429
  3. Florida 76,437
  4. Arizona 54,849
  5. Michigan 50,017
  6. Washington 45,899
  7. Georgia 43,163
  8. Illinois 37,641
  9. Ohio 37,425
  10. New York 32,134
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Top Ten Cities For Auto Theft


These are the top ten cities for auto theft based per capita:

Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area Vehicles stolen Rate (1)
1 Modesto, CA 4,235 829.26
2 Laredo, TX 1,960 827.21
3 Yakima, WA 1,828 779.32
4 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA  22,554 751.53
5 Bakersfield, CA 5,918 739.33
6 Stockton, CA 4,963 738.12
7 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 13,662 732.25
8 Albuquerque, NM 6,182 730.81
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 30,735 719.03
10 Fresno, CA 6,533 718.58
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.