Arizona Authorities Announce Decrease in 2023 Auto Thefts

Published by The Bee News

January 19, 2024

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Phoenix, AZThe Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions’ (DIFI) Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) reports auto thefts in Arizona declined by 6.6% in 2023, compared to 2022 numbers.  

According to recent auto theft data available from the Auto Crime Tracking (ACT) database, Arizona finished calendar year 2023 with 20,255 auto thefts entered into the Arizona Crime Information Center (ACIC), a decrease of 6.6% from 2022, when 21,694 vehicles were stolen. The 2023 data reverses two years of auto theft increases in the state and continues a pattern where auto thefts increased for several years then fell again.

Of the 20,255 total thefts that occurred in Arizona in 2023, 16,733 have been recovered, indicating a current recovery rate of 83%. As more of these 2023 stolen vehicles are recovered in the coming months, the percentage of recovery will continue to increase.

Where Arizona Ranks Nationally –
In November of 2023, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released their Hot Spots report for calendar year 2022. The report ranks all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, by total number of auto thefts and by the rate of auto thefts (number of thefts per 100,000 residents). For 2022, Arizona ranked #16 in total auto thefts and #15 in the rate of auto theft.  While this data was publicly released just a few months ago, it is now over 12 months old. Using the theft data now captured and stored in the ACT system, statistics show auto theft decreases for 2023.  Arizona now has near real-time access to stolen vehicle data with the ACT database and can identify totals and trends immediately after the conclusion of the calendar year or any other time period. 

“The AATA is encouraged with the decline in auto thefts in Arizona last year,” saidJames McGuffin, Assistant Director, DIFI/AATA. “To continue these declines we remind all vehicle owners to be diligent in parking smart, taking the vehicle’s keys and locking doors.”

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