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Car theft stats 2020

Which states and car models have the highest risk of theft?

Vehicle theft is a risk every driver is aware of but not many will face over the lifetime of a car. But if you live in one of these highly populated areas or drive one of the most stolen car models, you could expect a higher risk of your car or bike getting stolen.

How common is vehicle theft?

Roughly 750,000 vehicles in the US are stolen each year, which adds up to more than one per minute. Over $6 billion is lost every year due to vehicle theft, with an average loss per theft of $7,680. The good news is theft rates have been declining since the early 2000s. However, theft rates can vary depending on your location, among many other factors.

YearVehicles stolen
2018748,841
2017772,943
2016767,290
2015713,063
2014686,803
2013700,288
2012723,186
2011716,508
2010739,565
2009795,652

Which states have the most vehicle theft?

The states with the highest population and traffic top the list of highest vehicle thefts. California, Texas and Florida regularly make the list of states with the most traffic, accidents and claims, so it’s no surprise that there’s more theft to watch out for.

A few other states that made the list are in the Midwest and South, with Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Illinois making the cut. Several of these states have a few highly populated cities, so expect high theft rates in cities like Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago.

StateVehicles stolen
California155,211
Texas69,817
Florida41,165
Washington27,677
Georgia24,760
Colorado21,673
Tennessee20,439
Ohio19,909
Missouri19,815
Illinois19,593

Which cities have the most vehicle theft?

California made the list of most thefts, so it’s no surprise half the top cities are in this heavily populated state.

Anchorage may come as a surprise due to its small population and traffic, but this may be due to a small percentage of the state being inhabited. The city has been in the top of the list several years in a row, and several news sites report the high number may be due to drug-related offenses and thieves being responsible for multiple car thefts.

CityStateVehicles stolen
AlbuquerqueNM7,146
AnchorageAK3,087
BakersfieldCA6,748
PuebloCO1,175
ModestoCA3,428
ReddingCA1,037
Stockton-LodiCA4,287
WichitaKS3,547
Vallejo-FairfieldCA2,404
St. JosephMO-KS674

Most stolen car models

Though a convertible seems like an irresistible target, the most common car models tend to be the most stolen. That’s likely because there are just more of them out there, so they’re easier to find and easier to hide. Pickups also top the list, possibly due to their utility and ubiquity in the Midwest and Southern states with the most car thefts.

What are the most stolen motorcycles?

Bikes make up a small percentage of the vehicles on the road, but motorcycle theft may be easier than car theft due to bikes’ small sizes. Much like with cars, the most popular bikes are the most stolen, with Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki making up the majority of bike brands on the road. And while there might not be as many Harleys stolen, their high value and therefore resale value may be a key reason they’re targeted by thieves.

MakeThefts
Honda8,260
Yamaha6,655
Suzuki4,882
Kawasaki4,861
Harley-Davidson4,769

Bottom line

Prevent car theft by adding anti-theft devices to your car and investing in solid comprehensive coverage with your car insurance policy.

Methodology: How we go this data

We pulled theft stats from the most recent Insurance Information Institute theft report for thefts by region and car model from 2018.

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