Auto Theft Statistics

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Auto Theft Statistics Overview

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 most stolen cars of 2010 click the link.

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

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.

How To File A Stolen Auto Police Report

The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.

Here are the general steps to file a police report:

  1. Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
  2. Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
  3. Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
  4. While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
  5. Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.

It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.

How To Report A Stolen Auto Online

Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Auto report for free:

  1. If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
  2. Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
  3. Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
  4. Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
  5. Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
  6. Select the appropriate category.
  7. Select the appropriate sub-category.
  8. Select to post as Stolen.
  9. Enter as much information about the Stolen Auto as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
  10. Click the "Submit" button.

That's it. Once the Stolen Auto report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Auto, long into the future.

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