Phoenix and Miami Metropolitan Areas Have Highest Vehicle Theft Rates, Says Study

Port and Border Communities Targeted By Thieves



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Insurance Crime Bureau

    ARLINGTON, Va., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Phoenix metropolitan area has
 the highest vehicle theft rate in the country, followed by the Miami and
 Detroit metropolitan areas, according to a study by the National Insurance
 Crime Bureau (NICB).
     The NICB's study analyzed vehicle theft rates of metropolitan statistical
 areas (MSAs) in 2000 using vehicle theft data collected from the FBI.  The
 vehicle theft rate is the number of stolen vehicles divided by the population,
 then divided again by 100,000.
     Of the top ten metro areas in the nation for vehicle theft, the NICB found
 that seven are ports or communities with easy access to the Mexican or
 Canadian borders.
 
     The MSAs with the ten highest vehicle theft rates are:
 
     1.    Phoenix        6.   Las Vegas
     2.    Miami          7.   Fresno, CA
     3.    Detroit        8.   Seattle
     4.    Jersey City    9.   Jackson, MS
     5.    Tacoma         10.  Flint, MI
 
     "Even though overall vehicle theft rates have declined in recent years,
 thanks to the effective efforts of law enforcement and the increasing use of
 deterrent devices, vehicle theft remains the number one property crime in the
 country, costing more than $7 billion each year," said Robert M. Bryant, NICB
 president and CEO.  Approximately 1.1 million vehicles are stolen nationwide
 each year, and more than 30 percent are never recovered.
     Bryant said port and border communities, more than two-thirds of the top
 25 vehicle theft areas, continue to be boom areas for the vehicle theft
 business.
     According to the NICB, many of the unrecovered vehicles are often shipped
 overseas or driven across state and international borders.  The NICB said
 approximately 200,000 vehicles are illegally exported each year.
     All vehicles are at risk for theft.  "Newer models are more likely to be
 illegally shipped abroad, while older vehicles are mainly stolen for their
 parts," said Bryant.  "If your city appears toward the top of our list, you
 need to be extra careful and take steps to protect your vehicle from theft."
     To help combat vehicle theft, NICB recommends using a layered approach to
 protect your vehicle.  The number of layers a vehicle needs varies depending
 on the vehicle and geographic location.  Budget and personal preferences
 should also determine which anti-theft device is best.
     There are four layers of protection to consider: common sense -- removing
 the keys and locking the doors; visible and audible devices -- steering wheel
 locks or alarms; immobilizing devices -- smart keys or kill switches; and
 tracking devices.
     The vehicle theft study was undertaken by the National Insurance Crime
 Bureau, a non-profit organization supported by approximately 1,000 insurance
 and self-insured companies solely dedicated to fighting insurance fraud and
 vehicle theft.
 
     Attention Broadcasters: A video news release and B-Roll package including
 a listing of the top 10 vehicle theft areas, vehicle theft footage, theft
 prevention tips, and spokespersons for the NICB and law enforcement is
 available as follows:
 
     Satellite Feed:
     Feed April 10, 2001:
     1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
     4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET (Re-feed)
     C BAND: Telstar 6, Transponder 12
     Audio 6.2/6.8 (DF 3940 H)
 
                          THE NICB VEHICLE THEFT STUDY
 
     The NICB Vehicle Theft Study contains vehicle theft rates and rankings for
 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States from 1998 through
 2000.
 
     What are MSAs?
 
     MSAs are major metropolitan centers.  MSAs typically consist of several
 counties surrounding a major city.
 
     What do the numbers mean?
 
     Thefts -- Number of vehicles stolen in a particular year as reported to
               the National Crime Information Center.
 
     Rank -- How vehicle theft rate compares nationally in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
 
     Rate -- The vehicle theft rate is the number of stolen vehicles divided by
             the population, then divided again by 100,000.
 
     What is the NICB?
 
     The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is the nation's premier
 not-for-profit organization soley dedicated exclusively to fighting insurance
 fraud and vehicle theft for the benefit of its customers and the American
 public through information analysis, forecasting, criminal investigation
 support, training and public awareness.  The NICB is supported by
 approximately 1,000 property/casualty insurance companies.
 
 

SOURCE National Insurance Crime Bureau
    ARLINGTON, Va., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Phoenix metropolitan area has
 the highest vehicle theft rate in the country, followed by the Miami and
 Detroit metropolitan areas, according to a study by the National Insurance
 Crime Bureau (NICB).
     The NICB's study analyzed vehicle theft rates of metropolitan statistical
 areas (MSAs) in 2000 using vehicle theft data collected from the FBI.  The
 vehicle theft rate is the number of stolen vehicles divided by the population,
 then divided again by 100,000.
     Of the top ten metro areas in the nation for vehicle theft, the NICB found
 that seven are ports or communities with easy access to the Mexican or
 Canadian borders.
 
     The MSAs with the ten highest vehicle theft rates are:
 
     1.    Phoenix        6.   Las Vegas
     2.    Miami          7.   Fresno, CA
     3.    Detroit        8.   Seattle
     4.    Jersey City    9.   Jackson, MS
     5.    Tacoma         10.  Flint, MI
 
     "Even though overall vehicle theft rates have declined in recent years,
 thanks to the effective efforts of law enforcement and the increasing use of
 deterrent devices, vehicle theft remains the number one property crime in the
 country, costing more than $7 billion each year," said Robert M. Bryant, NICB
 president and CEO.  Approximately 1.1 million vehicles are stolen nationwide
 each year, and more than 30 percent are never recovered.
     Bryant said port and border communities, more than two-thirds of the top
 25 vehicle theft areas, continue to be boom areas for the vehicle theft
 business.
     According to the NICB, many of the unrecovered vehicles are often shipped
 overseas or driven across state and international borders.  The NICB said
 approximately 200,000 vehicles are illegally exported each year.
     All vehicles are at risk for theft.  "Newer models are more likely to be
 illegally shipped abroad, while older vehicles are mainly stolen for their
 parts," said Bryant.  "If your city appears toward the top of our list, you
 need to be extra careful and take steps to protect your vehicle from theft."
     To help combat vehicle theft, NICB recommends using a layered approach to
 protect your vehicle.  The number of layers a vehicle needs varies depending
 on the vehicle and geographic location.  Budget and personal preferences
 should also determine which anti-theft device is best.
     There are four layers of protection to consider: common sense -- removing
 the keys and locking the doors; visible and audible devices -- steering wheel
 locks or alarms; immobilizing devices -- smart keys or kill switches; and
 tracking devices.
     The vehicle theft study was undertaken by the National Insurance Crime
 Bureau, a non-profit organization supported by approximately 1,000 insurance
 and self-insured companies solely dedicated to fighting insurance fraud and
 vehicle theft.
 
     Attention Broadcasters: A video news release and B-Roll package including
 a listing of the top 10 vehicle theft areas, vehicle theft footage, theft
 prevention tips, and spokespersons for the NICB and law enforcement is
 available as follows:
 
     Satellite Feed:
     Feed April 10, 2001:
     1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
     4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET (Re-feed)
     C BAND: Telstar 6, Transponder 12
     Audio 6.2/6.8 (DF 3940 H)
 
                          THE NICB VEHICLE THEFT STUDY
 
     The NICB Vehicle Theft Study contains vehicle theft rates and rankings for
 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States from 1998 through
 2000.
 
     What are MSAs?
 
     MSAs are major metropolitan centers.  MSAs typically consist of several
 counties surrounding a major city.
 
     What do the numbers mean?
 
     Thefts -- Number of vehicles stolen in a particular year as reported to
               the National Crime Information Center.
 
     Rank -- How vehicle theft rate compares nationally in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
 
     Rate -- The vehicle theft rate is the number of stolen vehicles divided by
             the population, then divided again by 100,000.
 
     What is the NICB?
 
     The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is the nation's premier
 not-for-profit organization soley dedicated exclusively to fighting insurance
 fraud and vehicle theft for the benefit of its customers and the American
 public through information analysis, forecasting, criminal investigation
 support, training and public awareness.  The NICB is supported by
 approximately 1,000 property/casualty insurance companies.
 
 SOURCE  National Insurance Crime Bureau