There were more than one million vehicles stolen in 2022, equating to two vehicles stolen every minute, according to the latest vehicle theft report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
The annual Hot Spots report released by the not-for-profit association dedicated to preventing and combating insurance crime highlights metro areas and states with the highest rates of vehicle theft in 2022.
Overall, there were 1,001,967 vehicle thefts nationwide in 2022, up from 937,976 in 2021.
Though thefts in 2022 rose nationally, several states experienced significant declines in total thefts, including Oklahoma, Kansas, South Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Utah, Alabama, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa and West Virginia, which saw a decrease in vehicle thefts from 2021 to 2022.
Colorado topped the list of states with the highest vehicle theft rates—at 731.8 per 100,000 residents—and total thefts increased in volume from 38,430 thefts in 2021 to 42,706 in 2022.
Three of Colorado’s major metro areas were also among the top 10 regions with the highest vehicle theft rates in the U.S. per 100,000 residents. The Pueblo, Colo., Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was No. 1 in the nation with a vehicle theft rate of 1,086.44, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA was No. 3 with a rate of 1,062.67 and the Greeley, Colo., MSA was No. 9 with a rate of 589.42.
California led the U.S. in total vehicle thefts with 203,018, and Texas experienced approximately half that amount with 105,133. Significantly lower were Washington State (46,990), Florida (46,020) and Colorado (42,706), which rank third, fourth and fifth for total vehicle thefts, respectively. These five states reflected 44 percent of all thefts nationally.