Top 5 US Cities for Vehicle Thefts in 2023

Protecting your vehicle from theft is a priority, no matter where you live. However, it’s essential in cities where vehicle thefts are more common. Looking at the most recent National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Spots and Hot Wheels report, we’ve put together a list of where in the US you can expect more theft. 

According to the NICB, over 1 million vehicles were stolen in 2022, a 7 percent increase over 2021 and surpassing 1 million for the first time since 2008. That number amounted to an estimated worth of $8.9 billion in theft losses. California and Texas had the most reported stolen vehicles, and Illinois had the most significant increase, estimated at 35 percent between 2021 and 2022. 

1. Bakersfield, California 

Bakersfield ranks first at 1,023 – the total number of thefts per 100,000 residents. A combination of factors, including the city’s proximity to major highways, significant drug activity, and the availability of chop shops, has made it a hot spot for vehicle theft. 

2. Denver, Colorado 

Denver takes second place with 964 thefts per 100,000 residents. This includes the Aurora and Lakewood suburbs of Denver. And Colorado also became the state with the most car thefts. Its proximity to two major interstate highways makes it easy to get away

3. Pueblo, Colorado

Helping Colorado move up to the top State for car theft is Pueblo, Colorado, at 891 thefts per 100,000 residents— a substantial increase from the previous year of 602 thefts per 100k residents. Contributing factors include the city’s decreasing income rate and location near multiple state borders, facilitating the movement of stolen vehicles across state lines.  

4. Albuquerque, New Mexico

With 710 thefts per 100,000 residents, Albuquerque is now third on the list of car thefts. Although dropping from last year’s 780, you still risk losing your ride. The primary reason for the high rate is the city’s strategic location, as it serves as a hub for interstate highways that lead to different parts of the country, making it easier for thieves to transport stolen vehicles. 

5. Portland, Oregon

Portland wraps up the top 5 with 680 thefts per 100,000 residents. The city’s struggling economy, increasing crime, and proximity to the Canadian border make it an attractive target for vehicle thieves. 

The Elo GPS Advantage: Your Best Defense Against Vehicle Theft 

Not sure how to protect your car from the nationwide rise in vehicle thefts? Elo GPS is a cutting-edge vehicle tracking and security system that has proven invaluable in preventing theft and recovering stolen vehicles. Here are some of the top reasons to equip your car with an Elo GPS stolen vehicle recovery system: 

Real-Time Tracking: Elo GPS lets you locate your vehicle in real-time. In case of theft, you can immediately alert the authorities with precise location information, increasing the chances of recovering your car quickly. 

Geofencing Alerts: Elo GPS allows you to set up virtual boundaries (geofences) around specific locations, such as your home or workplace. Suppose your vehicle exits these boundaries without your permission. When your vehicle exits a boundary, you will receive an instant notification, helping you act swiftly in case of theft. 

Recover Your Vehicle Faster: With representatives of Elo GPS available around the clock, your vehicle will always have a team ready to back it up and handle the full recovery of your vehicle with your local law enforcement. 

Vehicle Diagnostics: Elo GPS with CarRx also offers vehicle diagnostics, enabling you to monitor your car’s health, fuel efficiency, and performance. Stay informed about your vehicle’s condition to avoid potential issues before they escalate. 

Theft Recovery Assistance: If your vehicle is stolen, Elo GPS will work with law enforcement to help recover it as quickly as possible.

Luck Favors the Prepared 

Although your area may not be in the top five, vehicle theft is a genuine concern no matter where you live. So don’t rely on luck and be prepared by adding Elo GPS when you buy your vehicle.  

With its advanced tracking capabilities, customizable geofencing, and potential for lower insurance rates, Elo GPS offers unparalleled protection and peace of mind. So don’t leave your vehicle’s security to chance – equip it with Elo GPS today.