For millions of Americans, a car is the biggest investment they’ll ever make. It’s also potentially the most expensive theft they’ll ever suffer. More than 90,000 vehicles were stolen in 2019, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data – and the places where they’re most likely to be stolen are literally all over the U.S. map.
Kenedy County, Texas, had the highest rate of car theft in the nation, according to a Social Explorer analysis of the UCR data. The sparsely populated county, tucked halfway between the Padre Island National Seashore and the Mexican border, reported 743 car thefts per 100,000 residents. The Texas County’s car theft rate far exceeded poverty-stricken Tunica County, Miss., which ranked second with 517 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 people. Orangeburg, S.C., ranked No. 3 with 427 car thefts per 100,000 people. Check out the car theft rate in your county with Social Explorer’s easy-to-use, intuitive mapping and report tools.
Motor Vehicle Theft by County, 2019. Click here to explore further.