Auto Theft Decreases 7.2 Percent last year according to FBI image

The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report shows a 7.2 percentage decrease in auto thefts compared to 2009.

Auto thefts continue to decline in 2010 according to the latest Uniform Crime Report from the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Nationwide in 2010, there were an estimated 737,142 thefts of motor vehicles. The estimated rate of motor vehicle thefts was 238.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts declined 7.4 percent when compared with data from 2009, 38.5 percent when compared with 2006 figures, and 40.0 percent when compared with 2001 figures.

More than $4.5 billion was lost nationwide to motor vehicle thefts in 2010. The average dollar loss per stolen vehicle was $6,152.

You might think most stolen vehicles are expensive sports cars or multipurpose passenger vehicles, but that’s not always the case.

It also doesn’t matter whether you live in a big city, the suburbs or in the country; anyone is susceptible to vehicle theft.

In fact, 40 to 50 percent of vehicle theft is due to driver error, which includes leaving vehicle doors unlocked and leaving keys in the ignition or on the seats.

FBI Uniform Crime Report-Motor Vehicle Theft by Region

Region

Motor vehicle theft

Total

-7.2

Northeast

-4.8

Midwest

-2.6

South

-9.5

West

-7.9