A recent study by a Los Angeles-based law firm showed New Mexico had the fourth most auto thefts in the country last year.
The study by Simmrin Law Group analyzed data from the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer, which showed the amount of motor vehicle thefts in each state in 2022 and how many there were for every 100,000 people.
Colorado had 45,883 counts of motor vehicle theft in the state, and when accounting for population, shows there to be 786 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 people, which is the highest of any state.
New Mexico was fourth with 11,448 motor vehicle thefts in the state, which equates to 542 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 people.
“While you expect the states with larger populations to have comparatively more car thefts overall, it’s when you start accounting for that population that you see some concerning statistics,” Michael Simmrin said. “For example, Colorado’s number of thefts per 100,000 people sits at an alarming nearly four times the national average. FBI data also shows that 2.52% of its total arrests in 2022 were from motor thefts, the highest percentage of any state for the crime.”
New Hampshire had the lowest number of car thefts per 100,000 people, with just 67, with 928 thefts in 2022. Across the U.S., 942,173 motor vehicle thefts occurred in 2022, with an average of 283 per 100,000 people.