According to the most recent FBI data, Colorado has the highest rate of auto theft, at 524 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. Washington, D.C., comes next, followed by New Mexico, California, and Missouri. Find where your state falls in the chart below.
In contrast to Colorado, Vermont saw only 42 thefts per 100,000 residents, a rate 480 percent lower than the national average. In general, the Northeast has lower auto theft rates compared to the West. That’s because people in the Northeast have more access to public transportation and are less dependent on cars2.
|Region of the U.S.
||Average rate of motor vehicle theft in 2019 per 100,000 inhabitants (high to low)
But why is there so much variance between states when it comes to car theft?