Auto Thefts Are Rising — Do You Live in a Hot Spot?

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Hot Spots 2020
Do you live in a “hot spot” for auto theft? According to an annual report published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, car thefts increased significantly in 2020 — up 11 percent in one year. “Auto thefts saw a dramatic increase in 2020 versus 2019 in part due to the pandemic, an economic downturn . . . and, in still too many cases, owner complacency,” said David Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB, a not-for-profit organization combatting insurance crime. The NICB Hot Spots report covers the top metropolitan areas and states by theft rate, meaning number of vehicle thefts per 100,000 residents. There were a total of 880,595 car thefts in the U.S. during 2020 — about one vehicle stolen every 36 seconds. Here we count down the metro areas, then states, with the most auto thefts in 2020.

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