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NICB Reports Full Vehicle Theft Data for 2023

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released full vehicle theft data for all of 2023, and as expected, it’s not looking good.


As previously reported, the surge has been taking place over the past few years, stretching law enforcement resources and challenging vehicle owners nationwide. 2023 was another record-breaking year.


NICB reports that, “Last year, more than one million vehicles were reported stolen and overall vehicle thefts increased about one percent nationwide from 1,008,756 in 2022 to 1,020,729 in 2023. Vehicle theft rates have risen steadily since 2019.”


“Criminals are employing increasingly sophisticated methods to steal vehicles, including the use of advanced technology to bypass security systems,” said David J. Glawe, President and CEO of NICB. “From keyless entry hacks to relay attacks on key fobs, perpetrators are exploiting vulnerabilities in modern vehicle security measures with alarming success rates. It is critical that industry and law enforcement work together to develop more effective strategies for combating auto theft and safeguarding public safety.”


While the NICB highlighted several data points, we provided an infographic for data collection regarding the “Top 10 States by Percent Increase,” as two of our licensed states, Pennsylvania and Delaware, are included.

And as always, the NICB recommends the following tips to help prevent vehicle thefts:


  • Park in well-lit areas.

  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.

  • Hide valuables out of sight, such as in the glove box or trunk.

  • Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.

  • Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running.

  • If your vehicle is stolen, call law enforcement and your insurer immediately because reporting a vehicle as soon as possible after it is stolen increases the chance of recovery.


You can see all of the data reporting by NICB here.

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