Motor Vehicle Theft
In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, motor vehicle theft is defined as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. In the UCR Program, a motor vehicle is a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles include sport utility vehicles, automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles. Motor vehicle theft does not include farm equipment, bulldozers, airplanes, construction equipment, or water craft such as motorboats, sailboats, houseboats, or jet skis. The taking of a motor vehicle for temporary use by persons having lawful access is excluded from this definition.
- There were an estimated 715,373 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2011. The estimated rate of motor vehicle thefts was 229.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
- The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts declined 3.3 percent when compared with data from 2010, 35.0 percent when compared with 2007 figures, and 42.6 percent when compared with 2002 figures. (See Table 1A.)
- More than $4.3 billion was lost nationwide to motor vehicle thefts in 2011. The average dollar loss per stolen vehicle was $6,089. (Based on Tables 1 and 23.)
- Of all motor vehicles reported stolen in 2011, 73.9 percent were automobiles. (Based on Table 19.)
Expanded motor vehicle theft data
Expanded offense data are the details of the various offenses that the UCR Program collects beyond the count of how many crimes law enforcement agencies report. These details may include the type of weapon used in a crime, type or value of items stolen, and so forth. In addition, expanded data include trends (for example, 2-year comparisons) and rates per 100,000 inhabitants.
Expanded information regarding motor vehicle theft is available in the following tables: