Where?

Where you live can make a difference in whether your car becomes one of the 40.9% of stolen vehicles never recovered.1

Top 10 auto theft hot spots (highest rates per capita), 20182

States and districts with most and fewest auto thefts, 20172

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1 Vehicle Theft Prevention, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2019.

2 Facts + Statistics: Auto Theft, Insurance Information Institute, 2019.

When?

With summer as the top season for auto thefts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared July to be National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.1 In 2017, July saw the most vehicle thefts that year, with an average of 2,350 per day.3

Months ranked by daily average number of auto thefts, 20173

Top 10 holidays auto thefts occur, 20173

Number of
Auto Thefts
2017 Daily
Average 2,228
2,000
2,100
2,200
2,300
2,400
July
July2,350
January
January2,341
August
August2,339
June
June2,284
September
September2,280
October
October2,264
May
May2,215
February
February2,182
November
November2,180
April
April2,122
December
December2,106
March
March2,072
Number of
Auto Thefts
2017 Daily
Average 2,228
1,500
1,700
1,900
2,300
2,500
New Year's Day
New Year's Day2,469
President's Day
President's Day2,312
Halloween
Halloween2,297
Memorial Day
Memorial Day2,290
Labor Day
Labor Day2,180
Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day2,169
Independence Day
Independence Day2,124
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve1,962
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve1,737
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving1,682

1 Vehicle Theft Prevention, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2019.

3 2017 National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Holiday Vehicle Theft, National Insurance Crime Bureau, 2018.

Why?

Older models are more vulnerable to theft because they don’t have smart technology that prevents a vehicle from starting without the right key.4 And thieves can make a higher profit by selling parts of an older car than the whole car itself.4

Top 10 most-stolen vehicles in the U.S., 20175

Among 2017 models, these were the most stolen:5

4 Old Cars: Popular Targets of Theft, DMV.org, 2019.

5 NICB’s Hot Wheels: America’s 10 Most Stolen Vehicles, National Insurance Crime Bureau, 2018.

How?

According to the NHTSA, a vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds in the U.S.1 An estimated 773,139 vehicles were stolen nationwide in 2017, an increase of 0.8% over the previous year.2

That adds up to a financial loss of approximately $6 billion, or $7,708 per vehicle.2

Stolen cars are often due to driver error.1 Use the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s four Layers of Protection5 to help keep you in control of your wheels.

  1. Common sense: Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended. Lock your car, leave no valuables visible, take your keys with you and park in a well-lit area.
  2. Warning device: Visible or audible warning devices, ranging from vehicle identification number etching to alarms, deter auto burglars.
  3. Immobilizing device: Smart key and kill switches prevent thieves from being able to drive off.
  4. Tracking device: Use GPS and other technology to monitor a vehicle’s location and notify the police.

By keeping aware of these trends, you can help prevent your car from being stolen. Learn how installing certain anti-theft features also can save you money on your auto insurance.