Vehicle Theft Rising in U.S.A [Infographic]

Vehicle Theft Rates in America

It might be shocking to believe, but car theft is on the rise in America.

In the last decade there has been a steady downward trend of motor vehicle thefts, however, in the last year theft rates have increased 3.1%.

This is a worrying trend, as you can see from the numerous statistics below. However, a GPS vehicle tracking device can help drastically lower your risk to any of these crimes.

There are a wide number of features available, many of which you can read about in our fantastic introductory article on the homepage here.

For your information, here are further statistics on car theft in 2015.

  • A vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States.
  • 707,758 cars were stolen in 2015 alone.
  • By region, the West accounted for 40% of all car thefts. This was then followed by the South (35.3%), the Midwest (19.7%) and the Northeast (8%).
  • The motor vehicle theft rate has increased by 3.1% from 2014.
  • Only 13.1% of car thefts were cleared in 2015.
  • The top 5 models of car with the highest theft rates are:
1Honda Accord52,244
2Honda Civic49,430
3Ford Pickup (Full size)29,396
4Chevrolet Pickup (Full size)27,771
5Toyota Camry15,446
  • The top 5 states with the most car thefts in 2015 are:
1California170,993
2Texas67,485
3Florida40,661
4Washington26,867
5Georgia26,482
  • ​Vehicle theft is the most costly property crime in the U.S., costing tax payers more than $8.2 billion annually.
  • California is home to 7 out of the top 10 cities for vehicle theft in the United States.
  • Burglary and Larceny were down 10% and 3% respectively,  car theft was up 1%.
  • 79% of people always lock their vehicle, and 93% never leave spare keys in their vehicle.
  • 33% of people admit they have left their car while it was still running, which makes the vehicle an easy target for theft.
  • 47% of people don't always park in a well lit area.
  • 40% don't hide their valuables. In fact, nearly half leave mail in their car, a quarter have left a purse or wallet, and almost a third have left bank statements, all of which can put them at risk of identity theft.
  • Carjackings occur most frequently in urban areas, and account for 3% of all motor vehicle thefts.

About the Author

I became involved with GPS car tracking soon after my pride and joy was stolen. I've now become such an advocate of vehicle tracking that I've convinced many of my friends and family to get their own GPS devices.