Automotive theft rates are high in Western states

Automotive theft rates are high in Western states

Vehicle theft continues to skyrocket in many parts of the US, according to the latest National Insurance Bureau (NICB) hotspot report. Nationwide, 932,329 vehicles were stolen in 2021, up 6% from 2020 and 17% from 2019.

The top 5 most theft-by-volume states, which include Illinois, Florida and Colorado, in addition to California and Texas, account for 412,008, or 44%, of all vehicle thefts nationwide. Of those states, Florida alone saw a slight decrease in car thefts, at 42,808 compared to 44,940 in 2020.

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Colorado led the country in 2021 with the highest overall burglary rate at 661.21 burglaries per 100,000 people, up from 502.12 in 2020, an increase of 32%. California again topped the other states with the most car thefts by volume in 2021, with 200,524 vehicles stolen, 100,000 more thefts than second-place Texas.

“For many of us, cars are essential to our livelihoods and the well-being of our families,” said NICB President and CEO David Glau. “NICB is actively working with our law enforcement partners to prevent and prevent vehicle theft, but there are simple steps vehicle owners can take to empower themselves. No matter who you are or where you live, theft prevention starts with following safety rules. Lock your doors and keep your keys with you at all times.”

Not all states saw an increase in thefts in 2021, according to the report. Since the publication of the 2020 Hot Spots report, 22 states have experienced a decline in vehicle thefts.

Source: NICB

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