NICB Report Ranks Vehicle Theft Rates in Northeast

July 22, 2013
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The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently released its annual report on a per capita review of vehicle thefts from the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).

The report, based on 2012 data, shows that California continues to be a hotbed for vehicle thefts. Eight of the top 10 MSAs with highest theft rates are in California – with the remaining two from the state of Washington.

Among Northeast states, the Trenton, N.J., area had the highest per capita vehicle theft rate – with 915 thefts, for a rate of 248.44 per 100,000 population in 2012. The Trenton, N.J., area was ranked 91st in the country in NICB’s per capita vehicle theft ranking of 380 MSAs.

In terms of sheer numbers, though, the New York-Newark-Jersey City region had the highest overall number of vehicle thefts among Northeast MSAs, at 26,311 – for a rate of 132.67 per 100,000 population, which puts it 220th nationally in the report’s per capita ranking.

NICB said the Northeast region saw a 7.9 percent cut in the number of vehicle thefts in 2012 compared to 2011. Nationally, however, figures showed a 1.3 percent year-over-year rise in 2012.

Here are MSAs with highest per capita theft rates in each Northeast state.

Connecticut: New Haven-Milford, CT MSA, with 1,918 thefts, for a rate of 222.30 per 100,000 population. Ranked 105th out of 380 MSAs listed in NICB’s per capita vehicle theft ranking.

Delaware: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA, with 12,037 thefts, for a rate of 199.99 per 100,000 population. Ranked 125th.

Maine: Bangor MSA, with 112 thefts, for a rate of 72.85 per 100,000 population. Ranked 331st.

Maryland: Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA, with 6,736 thefts, for a rate of 244.67 per 100,000 population. Ranked 93rd.

Massachusetts: Providence-Warwick, RI-MA MSA, with 3,389 thefts, for a rate of 211.63 per 100,000 population. Ranked 113th.

New Hampshire: Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH MSA, with 5,869 thefts, for a rate of 126.47 per 100,000 population. Ranked 232nd.

New Jersey: Trenton, NJ MSA, with 915 thefts, for a rate of 248.44 per 100,000 population. Ranked 91st.

New York: Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY MSA, with 1,692 thefts, for a rate of 149.18 per 100,000 population. Ranked 196th.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA, with 12,037 thefts, for a rate of 199.99 per 100,000 population. Ranked 125th.

Rhode Island: Providence-Warwick, RI-MA MSA, with 3,389 thefts, for a rate of 211.63 per 100,000. Ranked 113th.

Vermont: Burlington-South Burlington, VT MSA, with 206 thefts, for a rate of 96.40 per 100,000. Ranked 286th. (Only MSA data available for Vermont)

Virginia: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA, with 11,599 thefts, for a rate of 197.92 per 100,000. Ranked 127th.

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