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NICB Says Nationwide Vehicle Thefts Remain At Record Highs

Over the past few years, vehicle thefts have skyrocketed, increasing dramatically essentially across the entire U.S. We’ve seen automotive thieves become more and more brazen when committing their criminal acts as well, even going so far as to steal many new vehicles directly from Ford-owned storage lots, in addition to mounting private thefts taking place everywhere from Florida to Colorado and everywhere in between. For the most part, the Ford F-Series lineup – consisting of the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty pickups – remain atop the most stolen charts, but overall, vehicle thefts remain at record highs, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

In the first half of 2023, roughly 500,000 vehicles were reported stolen nationwide, which represents an increase of more than two percent compared to the first half of 2022. Meanwhile. between January and July 2023, vehicle thefts totaled more than 80,000 per month while peaking in May with 87,993 vehicles reported stolen to law enforcement.

In terms of individual states, California topped the list with 99,769 thefts in the first half of 2023, followed by Texas (55,365), Florida (22,393), Washington (21,182), Illinois (20,820), Colorado (17,909), New York (16,100), Ohio (15,681), Georgia (14,101), and Missouri (13.374). Illinois recorded the largest increase in vehicle thefts of any state at 38 percent, followed by New York (20 percent), and Ohio (15 percent).

“Vehicle thefts increased to near-record highs in the United States last year, and unfortunately, current trends indicate total thefts this year may surpass 2022,” said NICB President and CEO David J. Glawe. “With little deterrent to stop these criminal actors, law enforcement agencies and communities will continue to suffer. The good news is there are several proactive and commonsense steps consumers can take to help deter vehicle theft, including the most important, which is to never leave your keys or key fob in the car. Always lock the doors and roll up your windows and never leave valuables in plain sight; instead place them in your trunk or out of sight.”

We’ll have more on the state of vehicle thefts soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. SCEcoBoost

    Because seedy types can no longer afford a new vehicle so they steal them.

  2. Rosko

    No surprise that California is leading the way in this. 🤦🏽

  3. Mark B

    One additional metric that i would like to see, if just for curiosity sake, I wonder what percentage of vehicle stolen were if fact for what was in them versus the resale or parting out market, or just for “joy-riding”? I guess I still find it hard to fathom folks are still not locking their vehicles, especially with firearms inside, and leaving the keys? Thieves say, “yes please!”

  4. Kim Griswold

    Why aren’t the dealer ships disconnecting the batteries—- duh remove the fuse!! Remove the battery. This is elementary folks. Wake up!!!

  5. Mf

    When you decriminalize things and don’t charge every crime, and punish to the fullest extent of the law, can you be surprised that people will play the odds of crime? They know that even if they get caught they’ve got a good shot of not getting charged.


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