A preliminary analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows auto theft took a dramatic leap upward in 2020 compared to 2019, reversing two years of auto theft declines.
According to its initial study, there were 873,080 auto thefts in 2020, a 9.2% increase over 2019, which had 799,644 thefts, a boost of more than 73,000 thefts.
“Preliminary reports indicate a sharp increase in automobile thefts for 2020,” said NICB President and CEO David Glawe. “All indications are 2020 will be the largest theft year in the past decade by a significant margin.”
According to the findings, every month in 2020 showed increases compared to 2019. Overall, the yearly increase was 9.2%; however, each month from June through December showed double digit gains.
“Based on the preliminary nature of the data, the cause of this increase will require a thorough intelligence assessment,” said Glawe. “Considerations such as the pandemic, economic downturn, loss of juvenile outreach programs and public safety budgetary and resource limitations are likely contributing factors.
“Thieves exploit opportunities and may look for vehicles parked in the same location or citizens not taking proper measures to secure their vehicles.”
If you see something, say something by contacting local law enforcement if you suspect questionable activity in your neighborhood.
Given the unique circumstances of 2020, the NICB is distributing this data in advance of its much-anticipated annual Hot Spots report, to be released in mid-2021. Due to the scrutiny the data receives from NICB analysts, the Hot Spots report will likely…