US and Ohio auto thefts decline for eighth straight year

COLUMBUS (June 20, 2012)  The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) anticipates another year of declining US auto thefts in 2011 – for the eighth consecutive year.

According to the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII), ten of the 16 Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in the NICB report show a decline in auto thefts in 2011 (click here for Ohio’s MSA auto theft rate report).

Cleveland remains the top Ohio city based on its auto theft rate of over 319 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population. It ranks 57th on NICB’s national list. Cleveland took a step in the wrong direction in terms of auto theft, ranking 82nd in 2010 and 72nd in 2009.

Toledo ranks 79th nationally with the second highest auto theft rate in the state, followed by Columbus at 104th.  Rounding out Ohio’s top five cities based on auto thefts for 2011 are Dayton at 133rd and Springfield with a national ranking of 156th. Of these five, Cleveland and Toledo showed increases in the number of auto thefts between 2010–2011 while the other cities experienced theft declines.

The 2011 preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report shows auto thefts decreased 3.3 percent. Click here to view FBI info.

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, seven of the 10 top spots for auto theft are in California. Two are in Washington and one is in South Carolina. The top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for 2011 auto thefts based on theft rates per 100,000 in population are:

The top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for 2011 auto thefts
2011 Ranking
MSA 2010 Ranking
 1.  Fresno, Calif.  1.
 2.  Modesto, Calif.  2.
 3.  Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.  3.
 4.  Spokane, Wash.  4.
 5.  Yakima, Wash.  10.
 6.  San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif.  9.
 7.  Stockton, Calif.  7.
8.  Anderson, S.C.  33.
 9.  Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.  5.
 10.  Visalia-Porterville, Calif.  8.

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 2011 Hot Spots report
Ohio 2011 info
• NICB 2011 Hot Wheels report:
OII info
NICB info
FBI Uniform Crime Report – 2011 preliminary figures
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