US auto thefts up slightly in 2012 – First time since 2003

auto-theft-prevention-121214COLUMBUS (June 26, 2013) The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimates a 1.3% increase in US auto thefts in 2012, ending an eight-year run of consecutive decreases.

According to the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII), ten of the 15 Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in the NICB report show a decline in auto thefts in 2012 (Click here for Ohio’s 2012 MSA auto theft rate report – statewide auto theft estimates currently aren’t available). Cleveland remains the top Ohio city based on its auto theft rate of 296 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population. It ranks 61st on NICB’s national list            Photo credit: Jambo Tracking Zambia Limited
(57th in 2011, 82nd in 2010).The 2012 NICB report shows Toledo ranking 64th nationally with the second highest auto theft rate in the state, followed by Columbus at 107th. Rounding out Ohio’s top five cities based on auto thefts for 2012 are Dayton at 115th and Canton/Massillon with a national ranking of 133rd. Of these five, Dayton and Canton/Massillon showed increases in the number of auto thefts between 2011–2012 while the other cities experienced theft decreases.

The 2012 preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report shows a 1.3% increase in auto thefts. Click here for US auto theft figures for the most recent four-year period.

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 2012 Hot Spots report is population-based, and should be viewed as an indicator of areas more prone to auto theft.

According to the NICB, eight of the 10 top spots for auto theft are in California and two are in Washington. The top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for 2012 auto thefts based on theft rates per 100,000 in population are:

         2012 Ranking  2011 Ranking  
1. Modesto, Calif. 2
2. Fresno, Calif. 1
3. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. 3
4. Stockton, Calif. 7
5. Yakima, Wash. 5
6. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif. 6
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. 20
8. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 9
9. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. 4
10. Redding, Calif. 40

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.

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 2012 Hot Spots report
• Ohio 2012 info
• NICB 2011 Hot Spots report
• Ohio 2011 info
• NICB 2012 Hot Wheels report
• OII 2012 info
• FBI 2012 Uniform Crime Report (preliminary figures)
• FBI 2011 Uniform Crime Report (motor vehicle thefts)
• FBI Uniform Crime Report 2010-11 state-by-state crime table including motor vehicle thefts
• OII Crime Prevention Tips

NICB CONTACT: Frank Scafidi: 916.979.1510
OHIO INFORMATION: Dean Fadel: 614.228.1593