There were an estimated 697,979 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2013. In 2012, a small increase in vehicle thefts ended a consecutive eight-year run of decreasing thefts. However, the 2013 NICB data shows thefts are once again on the decline.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Albuquerque, New Mexico ranked in the nation's top ten cities for auto theft in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Although the state's largest metropolitan area moved from 7th highest motor vehicle theft rates in 2007 to 8th in 2008 to 10th in 2009, auto theft continues to be a booming business for car thieves in New Mexico.
Unfortunately, Albuquerque is experiencing a plight similar to other cities that border Mexico and within easy access of drug cartels that use stolen cars as a means to finance and transport drugs, weapons and money into and out of Mexico.
New Mexico law enforcement, government officials, state legislators and members of the business community have partnered with the insurance industry during recent years to target the state's auto theft problem. Governor Bill Richardson signed 2009 legislation that strengthened penalties for motor vehicle theft; created new crimes of embezzlement and fraud for auto theft; relocated motor vehicle theft and damage crimes from the Motor Vehicle Code to the Criminal Code.
New Mexico Auto Theft by Location in 2013 (NICB)
Each year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) studies Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), or major metropolitan areas to compare the number of vehicle thefts per 100,000 people.
Statistical Area (MSA)
out of 380 MSAs
New Mexico 's Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in 2012 (NICB)
- 2006 Ford Pick-Up (Full Size)
- 1992 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Full Size)
- 1998 Honda Civic
- 2004 Dodge Pick-Up (Full Size)
- 1997 Honda Accord
- 1991 Toyota Camry
- 2003 Ford Pick-Up (Smalll Size)
- 1997 Chevrolet Pick-Up (Small Size)
- 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
- 1994 Ford Explorer