Colorado leads the United States in vehicle theft rate, California in total theft

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Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, and Colorado are all places where your car is most likely to be gone in 60 seconds.

Vehicle thefts have skyrocketed in many parts of the United States, according to the recent release National Crime Insurance Bureau (NICB) Hotspot Report.

Nationally, 932,329 vehicles were reported stolen from law enforcement in 2021, a 6% increase from 2020 and a 17% increase since 2019.

The top five states by volume – Illinois, Florida, Colorado, California and Texas – account for 44% of all vehicle thefts nationwide. Colorado led the nation in 2021 with the highest overall theft rate at 661.21 thefts per 100,000 population, up from 502.12 in 2020, an increase of 32%.

California claims the highest volume of vehicle thefts in 2021 with 200,524 stolen vehicles. Bakersfield, Calif., also had the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Central Statistical Area (CBSA) with the highest theft rate in the United States – 1,024 thefts per 100,000 people.

Among the major states, only Florida saw a slight decrease in vehicle thefts in 2021 with 42,808, compared to 44,940 in 2020. Since the release of the 2020 Hot Spots Report, 22 states have seen a decrease in vehicle thefts .

“For many of us, cars are essential to our livelihoods and the well-being of our families,” said NICB President and CEO David Glawe.

“NICB, along with our law enforcement partners, works proactively to prevent and deter vehicle theft, but there are simple steps that vehicle owners can take to hold themselves accountable,” Glawe said. “No matter who you are or where you live, theft prevention starts with good security hygiene. Lock your doors and keep your keys with you at all times.

Preventing vehicle theft can also mean lower auto insurance rates, as high-theft areas typically pay more for insurance, as do drivers of the most frequently stolen vehicle models.

When a car is stolen, immediately call law enforcement and the insurer. NICB data shows that reporting a vehicle as soon as possible after it has been stolen increases the chances of recovery.

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