October 2006, Washington, DC - In 2005, a vehicle was stolen every 25.5 seconds in the United States, based only on data for the 1,235,226 stolen vehicles reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Using the FBI's average valuation of $6,173 per stolen vehicle, this amounts to over $7.6 billion in losses in 2005 - just in vehicle value alone. (see press release at

  • There were an estimated 956,846 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2008.
  • In terms of a nationwide rate, there were 314.7 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts declined 12.7 percent when compared with data from 2007, 22.7 percent when compared with 2004 figures, and 16.9 percent when compared with 1999 figures. (See Tables 1 and 1A.)
  • Nationwide, more than $6.4 billion was lost to motor vehicle thefts in 2008. The average dollar loss per stolen vehicle was $6,751. (Based on Tables 1 and 23.)
  • More than 72 percent (72.4) of all motor vehicles reported stolen in 2008 were automobiles.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) companion study to its popular Hot Spots auto theft report, examines data reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2008. See the full report at

For 2008, the most stolen vehicles* in the nation were:

1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 1999 Ford Taurus
10. 2002 Ford Explorer

NICB’s three layers of protection are:

Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.

Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.

Immobilizing Device: Generally speaking, if your car won’t start, it won’t get stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices which are extremely effective.


Rank Metropolitan Statistical Area Vehicles stolen Rate (1)
1 Modesto, CA 4,235 829.26
2 Laredo, TX 1,960 827.21
3 Yakima, WA 1,828 779.32
4 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 22,554 751.53
5 Bakersfield, CA 5,918 739.33
6 Stockton, CA 4,963 738.12
7 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 13,662 732.25
8 Albuquerque, NM 6,182 730.81
9 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 30,735 719.03
10 Fresno, CA 6,533 718.58
(1) Ranked by the rate of vehicle thefts reported per 100,000 people based on the 2008 U.S. Census Population Estimates.

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.


  Highest motor vehicle thefts   Lowest motor vehicle thefts
Rank State Vehicles stolen Rank State Vehicles stolen
1 California 192,527 1 Vermont 585
2 Texas 85,350 2 Wyoming 713
3 Florida 63,509 3 South Dakota 800
4 Georgia 39,628 4 Maine 1,176
5 Arizona 37,218 5 New Hampshire 1,387
6 Michigan 36,241 6 Montana 1,573
7 Illinois 32,572 7 Alaska 1,638
8 Ohio 28,532 8 Idaho 1,668
9 Washington 28,331 9 Delaware 2,541
10 North Carolina 26,743 0 Rhode Island 3,200
Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau from data supplied by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports.


Year Vehicles stolen Percent change
1999 1,152,075 -7.3
2000 1,160,002 0.7
2001 1,228,391 5.9
2002 1,246,646 1.5
2003 1,261,226 1.2
2004 1,237,851 -1.9
2005 1,235,859 -0.2
2006 1,192,809 -3.5
2007 1,095,769 -8.1
2008 956,846 -12.7

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports.

Motorcycles Theft: The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) reports that the number of motorcycle thefts in the United States has declined each year from 2006 to 2008. Based on data from the National Crime Information Center of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, motorcycle thefts fell from 63,828 in 2006 to 60,763 in 2008, a 4.8 percent drop. The NICB’s March 2009 report also details the seasonal nature of motorcycle thefts. More motorcycles are stolen during warm months—July and August had the most motorcycle thefts from 2006 through 2008 while December, January and February had the least. Over the three-year period, motorcycles made by Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki were the most frequently stolen. California had the most motorcycle thefts in 2008. The top 10 states are as follows:

State Motorcycles stolen
California 9,110
Florida 6,324
Texas 5,755
North Carolina 3,053
Ohio 2,573
Arizona 2,464
New York 2,195
Indiana 2,186
Georgia 2,159
Pennsylvania 2,021

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau.


2008 Theft Statistics: According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every33 seconds. The odds of a vehicle being stolen were 1 in 210 in 2006 (latest data available based on registrations from the Federal Highway Administration, thefts from the FBI and calculated by the Insurance Information Institute). The odds are highest in urban areas.

U.S. motor vehicle thefts fell 12.7 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. In 2008, 956,846 motor vehicles were reported stolen.

In 2008 the South accounted for the largest share of thefts—37.8 percent, followed by the West, 33.9 percent. The Midwest accounted for 18.3 percent of thefts and the Northeast for 10.0 percent.

Nationwide the 2008 motor vehicle theft rate per 100,000 people was 314.7, down 13.4 percent from 363.3 in 2007. The highest rate was reported in the West, 458.3, down 17.8 percent from 557.4 in 2007. The rate of motor vehicles stolen was 323.6 in the South, down 10.3 percent from 2007; 262.6 in the Midwest, down 12.6 percent; and 174.4 in the Northeast, down 10.9 percent.

The motor vehicle theft rate for the United States as a whole, at 314.7 per 100,000 people in 2008, was a 20-year low. Only 12.0 percent of thefts were cleared, either by arrests or by exceptional means, in 2008.

Facts on OEM Security

OEM Security Systems protect the vehicle from being stolen. They are not designed to protect anything inside the vehicle. Breaking into cars and trucks is much more common than the theft of an entire vehicle.

Aftermarket Security

Aftermarket security systems range from single wire- current sensing protection, to sophisticated GPS tracking and starter immobilizer shut down technology. The system you choose should be based upon your needs and the environment your vehicle is subject to. Our technical advisors can help you determine what system will meet your needs.

Facts on Remote Starters

While remote vehicle starters were designed for convenience they also serve a security purpose. In extreme cold temperatures having a warm vehicle to enter with defrosted windows and a motor along with the drive train ready to go, are key in comfort and security. This will also help prolong the life of the car and reduce the chances of being stranded with a broken down vehicle.

Most Important Reasons Consumers Purchased Alarms

Insurer Discounts: According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, in nine states (Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) regulations require insurers to provide car owners with discounts on the base rates for comprehensive insurance for antitheft devices. In four other states insurers may offer these discounts or are encouraged to offer them. The amount of the discount varies but is typically 15 to 20 percent for passive devices, which are automatically activated when the vehicle is locked. Massachusetts residents are eligible for a minimum 25 percent discount if they have both an antitheft device and an auto recovery system, and some combinations of devices can result in a 36 percent discount. Insurance companies in states that do not mandate discounts, such as Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Washington, encourage car owners to install antitheft devices by voluntarily providing discounts.

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Remote Starter Market

Until 1998 Remote Starters were a predominantly professional installer-driven item because of the cost and difficulty of installation. From 1998 to the present, it has been brought to the DYI marketplace and is one of the largest growing segments of the electronic add-on after-market. With the increase of women in the workforce, this has become a more balanced market between males and females. Market surveys show an increase in younger consumer demand.

Access 2 Communication/Bulldog Security

Access 2 Communications, Inc. was founded in 2007 and manufactures Bulldog Security. Bulldog Security DIY Alarms won several awards including: Consumer Testing Laboratories and Consumer Digest’s “Best Buy”. Bulldog has contributed to the industry with our advanced state of the art patented technology. Bulldog’s latest of 9 patents is the “indestructible circuit”; this prevents any of our unit’s outputs from being damaged during installation. Bulldog Security is the only true DIY alarm manufacturer recognized today in the market. We will continue to provide our customers with the highest state of the art patented technology, safest, easiest products to use and to install.

Top Advantages of Access 2 Communications:

  • Toll free technical support team to assist customers during installation.
  • Web page color code chart.
  • Fully programmable and adjustable by remote control.
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  • Free installation video included with most remote starters.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.