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MOTOR VEHICLE CRIME TRENDS – 2004
Based on the most recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, released for the year 2004, a motor vehicle theft
now takes place every 25.5 seconds. There is widespread
agreement by law enforcement and insurance professionals that a
substantial percentage of these reported thefts, between 15- to
- 25 percent are actually attempts to defraud an insurer.
The overall profile for property crimes in 2004 involving
“reported” motor vehicle theft, as compared with what might
ultimately prove to be “real” theft, is somewhat improved over
the statistics for five and ten years ago, where motor vehicle
theft declined about 9.4 percent from the 1999 level, or
approximately 18.1 percent when compared with the 1994 estimate,
respectively. The number of motor vehicles estimated to have
been stolen in 2004 decreased 1.9 percent from the 2003
estimates, which increased 6.6 percent from the 2000 estimate
and decreased 16.0 percent from the 1995 estimate.
As in years gone by, large metropolitan areas where crime is
typically a greater problem than in smaller cities and less
populated suburban and rural areas, continue to lead the nation
in the category of property crime of which motor vehicle crimes
are a significant portion.
The most significant examples of motor vehicle theft [reported]
was in cities with populations of 250,000 and over, which
experienced the highest rate of motor vehicle thefts, with 873.5
thefts per 100,000 population.
By vehicle type , automobiles were stolen at a rate of 320.5
cars per 100,000 inhabitants in 2004. Commercial vehicles, such
as trucks and buses were stolen at a rate of 81.1 vehicles per
100,000 population, and other types of vehicles at a rate of
38.4 per 100,000 population.
Crime in the United States - 2004
Uniform Crime Reports
Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of Justice