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Car Thefts Fell by 17% in the First Quarter | Carscoops

The decline in car thefts was most pronounced in major cities, where there was a decrease of up to 29% compared to the previous year.

    Car thefts fell by 17% in the first quarter

  • New data from the FBI suggests there was a 17% drop in car thefts in the first quarter.
  • The largest declines were seen in the Midwest and in cities with a population of one million.
  • The reason for this decline is unclear, but improved safety measures for vulnerable vehicles may play a role.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released its first quarter crime report, which states that the United States has become significantly safer over the past year. A look at the numbers shows that the number of murders has decreased by 26.4%, the number of robberies by 17.8%, and the number of property crimes by 15.1%.

The statistic that interests us most, however, concerns car thefts, where there has been a decline across the board, with a dramatic 29% drop in cities with over a million inhabitants.

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Smaller cities also saw slight declines: Cities with populations between 500,000 and 999,999 saw an 11% decline. Cities with populations between 250,000 and 499,999 saw an 18% year-over-year decline in car thefts. Further down the list, cities with populations between 50,000 and 99,999 saw a 13% decline.

Some of the largest declines were seen in the Midwest – which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota – where vehicle thefts fell 33% compared to the first quarter of 2023. The Northeast saw a 21% decline, while the West saw a 19% decline. Thefts also fell 7% in the South, bringing the overall decline to 17%.

    Car thefts fell by 17% in the first quarter

While these are significant declines, the statistics are based on reports voluntarily submitted to the FBI. The bureau also noted that the latest figures include data from only 13,719 of the nation’s 19,268 law enforcement agencies.

Regardless, the data is encouraging as it suggests a significant drop in crime. There is no information on what caused the drop in car thefts, but it is possible that efforts to secure vulnerable Hyundai and Kia vehicles may have played a role.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “When I became Attorney General over three years ago, we knew that combating violent crime, which rose sharply at the start of the pandemic, would be one of the biggest challenges we faced at the Department of Justice. That’s why we have put every available resource into working with our law enforcement and community partners to reduce violent crime.” He added, “Our work is not done until all Americans feel safe in their communities.”

    Car thefts fell by 17% in the first quarter

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