2013 auto thefts decline in US and most Ohio cities

VehicleTheftsCOLUMBUS (June 26, 2014) –The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimates a 3.2% decrease in US auto thefts in 2013, following a 1.2% increase in 2012. The 2012 US auto theft increase was the first since 2003, which ended an eight-year run of consecutive decreases.

According to the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII), 11 of the 14 Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in the NICB report show a decrease in auto thefts in 2013 (click here for Ohio’s MSA auto theft rate report).

Cleveland remains the top Ohio city based on its auto theft rate of over 300 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population. It ranks 52nd on NICB’s national list (61st in 2012, 57th in 2011, 82nd in 2010).

Toledo ranks 105th nationally with the second highest auto theft rate in the state, followed by Dayton at 112th. Rounding out Ohio’s top five cities based on auto thefts for 2013 are Columbus at 114th and Springfield with a national ranking of 130th. Of these five, Cleveland and Springfield reported increases in auto thefts between 2012–13 while the others experienced theft decreases.

The 2013 preliminary FBI Uniform Crime Report shows a 3.2% decrease in auto thefts for the first six months of 2013.

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

According to the NICB, nine of the 10 top spots for auto theft are in California, with the remaining one in Washington. The top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for 2013 auto thefts based on theft rates per 100,000 in population are:

2013 Ranking                                           
                     2012 Ranking

  1. Bakersfield, Calif.                                                               3
  2. Fresno, Calif.                                                                      2
  3. Modesto, Calif.                                                                   1
  4. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif.                       6
  5. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.                                                           4
  6. Redding, Calif.                                                                   10
  7. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.                                     9
  8. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.                                                        8
  9. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.                         7
  10. Yuba City, Calif.                                                                 31

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 2013 Hot Spots report
Ohio 2013 info
NICB 2012 Hot Spots report
Ohio 2012 info
NICB 2013 Hot Wheels report featuring 2012 top stolen vehicles
OII’s Ohio info
FBI Uniform Crime Report – January-June 2013 preliminary figures
FBI Uniform Crime Report –2012 auto theft figures
OII’s Crime Prevention Tips

FOR OHIO INFORMATION: /: 614.228.1593 (After hours: Mitch – 614.868.0575)
NICB CONTACT: Frank Scafidi – 916.979.1510
PDF version of OII news release