The good news—the probability of your car being stolen has been dwindling over the past two decades. The bad news—if you live, work or play in Florida, your chances are still higher than in 47 other states.
That assessment is supported by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which recently released a national analysis of vehicle theft since 1960.
This report, which compared annual statistics for thefts, population, and vehicle registrations from 1960 through 2013, found that even with an increase in population and registrations of over 60 million in 2013, thefts were down to 699,594. Based on the most recent FBI crime figures, these numbers translate to a whopping 58 percent reduction in the number of vehicles stolen last year from 1991, when vehicle theft reached an all-time high of 1,661,738.
Florida has historically been a state with a high level of vehicle theft. From the years 2000-2013, Florida ranked third in the number of stolen vehicles nationwide, surpassed only by Texas and California. There have only been a few years (1963 and 1966-69) when Florida did not rank in the Top 10.
The NICB attributes a variety of factors which together have brought about such positive national results, including:
- Law enforcement efforts to develop innovative investigative processes
- The sharing of these processes across law enforcement communities as well as with the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and the International Association of Special Investigative Units
- Collaboration and coordination among these agencies
- New technologies incorporated into vehicles during the auto manufacturing process
- New technologies available to purchase in the after market
Click on the link to read the NICB national analysis of vehicle theft.