June 22, 2017
NICB’s 2016 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report Released -
Phoenix and Tucson MSA’s slide up the ranking list.
PHOENIX – Last week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released their annual “Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report,” which reveals Albuquerque, New Mexico as the #1 spot, along with six California cities that continue to report the highest per capita auto theft rates in the nation - https://www.nicb.org/newsroom/news-releases/2016-hot-spots-vehicle-theft-report.
For 2016, Phoenix ranks #52 (compared to #80 in 2015) and Tucson ranks #89 (compared to #99 in 2015). Historically, Phoenix and Tucson MSA’s spent most of the early 2000’s at the top of the list for auto theft until 2008 when Tucson dropped to #13; Phoenix #19.
Although auto theft rates have been down, this year’s preliminary FBI UCR data reflects a 6.6% increase in vehicle theft across the nation. Not only are the numbers of thefts increasing, but carjackings, police pursuits and reckless driving are also becoming more prevalent, putting the public at risk.
For 2016, the 10 MSAs with the highest vehicle theft rates were:
2016 Ranking # of Thefts
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
52. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (13,435)
89. Tucson, AZ (2,636)
116. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ (520)
138. Yuma, AZ (478)
284. Flagstaff, AZ (146)
297. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ (134)
310. Prescott, AZ (197)
As the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, (1992-2017) the agency vows to continue its fight against auto theft crimes in the state, with the support of our law enforcement, prosecution & community partners.
Vehicle owners can also take steps to help harden their vehicle defenses to make it an undesirable target for thieves. Criminals do not like to spend a lot of time stealing a vehicle and will move on to a softer target to steal if there are barriers. Some recommended steps to harden your vehicle defenses are:
• Always lock your car, close all windows and take the keys with you.
• Never leave your car running unattended, even for a minute.
• Holiday shopping? Lock gifts and all valuables in the trunk or hidden from
• Park in well-lit areas, away from dumpsters or large vehicles that can
serve as hiding places for thieves or carjackers.
• Don't keep a spare set of keys in the car.
• Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious behavior. If you see
something, say something.
About the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA): The State agency, funded through semi-annual assessments of over 400 insurance companies, functions as the lead organization in a statewide network of law enforcement, criminal justice and public awareness partners working together to combat auto theft crimes across Arizona. By focusing resources in these areas, the AATA and its statewide law enforcement partners are impacting the state’s declining auto theft rate. To learn more visit www.azwatchyourcar.com.