Heat Map Shows Auto-Theft Hot Spots

By Matt Schmitz  on July 11, 2013


Worried about whether you live near a hot spot for hot cars? Tracking-and-recovery system manufacturer LoJack's map shows if you need to sweat it or not. Created using both the FBI's 2011 Uniform Crime Report and National Insurance Crime Bureau's 2011 Hotspots list, the map shows the top five auto-theft states were California, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia. Among cities cited by both the FBI and NICB as having high auto-theft rates were Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

According to the data, there were 715,373 auto thefts in 2011, resulting in a $4.3 billion total loss. Following an eight-year downward trend in auto theft nationwide, NICB reported a 1.3% increase in 2012 — a particularly untimely spike given that the national recovery rate for stolen vehicles has fallen to an all-time low of 52%.

Check out LoJack's heat map below for more info.


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News Editor Matt Schmitz is a veteran Chicago journalist indulging his curiosity for all things auto while helping to inform car shoppers.  Email Matt