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Motor vehicle theft is a crime which involves the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.  In the FBI’s UCR Program, a motor vehicle is defined as a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces and not on rails.  For instance, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and buses.  Motor vehicle theft excludes some equipment such as bulldozers, farm equipment, water craft, construction equipment and air planes.

What are the most commonly stolen vehicles in the USA?

According to NICB statistics in 2013, there were approximately 698,000 motor vehicle thefts nationwide.  Top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in the USA according to NICB data (2013) are:

Top 10 most stolen vehicles in the U.S.
Rank Make and Model Total Stolen in U.S.
1 Honda Accord 53,995
2 Honda Civic 45,001
3 Chevrolet Pickup 27,809
4 Ford Pickup 26,494
5 Toyota Camry 14,420
6 Dodge Pickup 11,347
7 Dodge Caravan 10,911
8 Jeep or Grand Cherokee 9,272
9 Toyota Corolla 9,010
10 Nissan Altima 8,892

Interesting facts

  • A motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 44 seconds (source: the FBI).
  • Only 12% of thefts were cleared in 2012, either by exceptional means or by arrests.  To give a comparison, arson crime had 20% and property crimes had 19%.
  • Latest data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shows that an average comprehensive and premium auto insurance policy in America rose slightly by 0.5% from $132.38 in 2009 to $133.06 in 2010.
  • In 2012, a small increase in motor vehicle thefts which ended an eight-year in consecutive run of decreasing thefts.  However NICB data in 2013 shows thefts were on the decline.

Would you like to know which states have the highest or lowest motor vehicle theft rate?  Use our interactive heat map to see larceny-thefts density across the USA.  Click on the state to find out their ranking.


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Data was sourced from from the latest Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics in 2012.  Rates are calculated per 100,000 population to provide a balanced comparison across the states.

Top 10 States with the Lowest Motor Vehicle Theft Rate

The table below presents a ranking list of top 10 States with the lowest motor vehicle theft rate.  Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire ranked the top 3 states with the lowest auto theft rate.

Top 10 States with Lowest Auto Theft Rate
Rank State Name Population, 2013 est Auto Theft Rate, per 100K
1 Vermont 626,630 69.5
2 Maine 1,328,302 74.9
3 New Hampshire 1,323,459 77.5
4 Idaho 1,612,136 85.5
5 New York 19,651,127 88.6
6 Wyoming 582,658 101.3
7 Virginia 8,260,405 110.9
8 Pennsylvania 12,773,801 117.7
9 West Virginia 1,854,304 119.1
10 South Dakota 844,877 127.8

Top 10 States with the Highest Motor Vehicle Theft Rate

District of Columbia, California and Washington ranked the top 3 states with the highest auto theft rate.  Refer to the following table for more details.

Top 10 States with Highest Auto Theft Rate
Rank State Name Population, 2013 est Auto Theft Rate, per 100K
1 District of Columbia 646,449 579
2 California 38,332,521 443.2
3 Washington 6,971,406 382.8
4 Nevada 2,790,136 363.1
5 Oklahoma 3,850,568 303.1
6 Arizona 6,626,624 292.3
7 Georgia 9,992,167 287.7
8 South Carolina 4,774,839 279.5
9 Missouri 6,044,171 270.8
10 New Mexico 2,085,287 261.9
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