Leaving keys in your car? These thefts on the rise, including in Ohio

COLUMBUS (November 2, 2016) The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports one in eight vehicle thefts in 2015 was an an easy steal. That’s because the driver left the keys or FOB inside the stolen vehicle. easy steal.

It’s a growing problem according to the NICB. Over the three-year period (2013-15), theft of vehicles with keys left inside increased by 31 percent.

Ohio info
Ohio ranked fourth highest in the US for these thefts during the 2013-15 reporting period with 8,623. Ohio’s total unrecovered thefts during the three-year period ranked sixth highest with a total of 439.

The top five states with the most vehicle thefts with keys during this period (2013-15) were California (22,580), Texas (11,003), Florida (9,952), Ohio (8,623) and Nevada (8,073).

The Cleveland-Elyria MSA ranked tenth in the US with 2,634 thefts with keys for the 2013-15 reporting period.

For statewide totals and top Ohio cities for theft with keys, see the Ohio Insurance Institute’s (OII) statewide and top cities report.

The NICB also notes that since not all drivers admit to leaving their car unlocked with the keys or FOB inside, the actual numbers of thefts with the keys left in vehicles is likely higher than data indicates.

Resource links
2016 NICB release

2013-15 NICB report
2013-15 data set

2015 NICB release

2013-15 Ohio vehicle theft report w/keys by top cities and statewide
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For more information:
Ohio  Dean Fadel, 614.228.1593
NICB  Frank Scafidi, 916.979.1510