FBI REPORT SHOWS DECREASE IN ARIZONA'S VEHICLE THEFT RATES LAST YEAR
Phoenix, AZ - The Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) Automobile Theft Authority reports a 1.2% reduction in Arizona’s total vehicle thefts in 2020 according to recent data released from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program.
The FBI report notes 17,937 reported vehicle thefts in Arizona for calendar year 2020, down 1.2% from 2019 (18,151). According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Arizona ranks 14th in total number of vehicle thefts and 21st in the U.S. for the rate of vehicle theft (based on thefts per 100,000 residents).
In 2020, an estimated 810,400 vehicle thefts occurred in the U.S; an 11.8% increase from 2019. The overall estimated vehicle theft rate in the U.S. was 246.0 per 100,000 residents, which marks the first time the U.S. rate exceeded Arizona’s rate (241.7). Although vehicle thefts increased nationally in 2020, 10 states realized declines, including Arizona.
“The FBI report offers good news about decreased auto theft in Arizona last year. With continued grant funding from DIFI’s Automobile Theft Authority awarded to law enforcement, prosecutors, and for outreach and education, hopefully this downward trend continues. Most significantly, Arizona’s auto owners make the biggest difference by taking the time to park smart and secure their vehicles and belongings at all times,” said Director Evan Daniels.