US and Ohio auto thefts continue decline

For release:  June 21, 2011

COLUMBUS–The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports a decline in US auto thefts in 2010 for the seventh consecutive year.

According to the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII), ten of the 16 Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in the report show a decline in auto thefts in 2010 (click here for Ohio MSA auto theft rate report).

Cleveland tops Ohio cities based on its auto theft rate of just over 271 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population, ranking 82nd on the national list of 366 MSAs. Cleveland dropped 20 spots in the last two-years, ranking 72nd in 2009 and 62nd in 2008.

Toledo ranks 84th nationally with the second highest auto theft rate in the state, followed by Columbus at 99th on the US list, Springfield at 109th and Youngstown-Warren-Boardman rounding out Ohio’s top five with a national ranking of 137th. Of these five, Springfield was the only city to show an increase in the number of auto thefts between 2009–2010.

The 2010 preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report shows auto thefts decreased 7.2 percent Jan.-Dec. 2010. NICB speculates that if the data holds true, it would result in the lowest number of US vehicle thefts since 1967.

About the Hot Spots study
The NICB report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for all US MSAs.  MSAs, designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named.

The Hot Spot study is population-based, and should be viewed as an indicator of areas more prone to auto theft. The study is available online at

According to the NICB, eight of the ten top spots for auto theft are in California. The other two are in Washington. The top 10 MSAs for 2010 auto thefts based on theft rates per 100,000 in population are:

2010 Ranking 2009 Ranking
1. Fresno, Calif. 5
2. Modesto, Calif. 2
3. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. 3
4. Spokane, Wash. 18
5.Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 16
6. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, Calif. 11
7. Stockton, Calif. 4
8. Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 8
9. San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif. 7
10. Yakima, Wash. 6

NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.

The OII is a trade association representing insurance companies and agent groups for the property/casualty insurance industry. Its primary objective is to help Ohioans achieve a better understanding of insurance and safety issues.

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• NICB Hot Spots report
• Ohio info
• NICB 2010 Hot Wheels report:
• OII info
• NICB info
• FBI Uniform Crime Report (2010 preliminary figures)

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