Grand Theft Auto: Phoenix and Tucson Report Fewer Stolen Vehicles

Arizona bucks national trend, improves in rankings

Phoenix, June 28, 2013. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) this week released its annual Hot Spots vehicle theft report for 2012. While California again dominates the list of most cars stolen, there was good news for Arizona: Tucson slid down the rankings to 44th from 37th in 2011 and Phoenix fell 10 spots to 70th.

The data are in line with preliminary 2012 FBI figures, which estimate a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 thefts from the previous year. The West region, of which Arizona is included, saw a 10.6 percent increase in vehicle thefts from 2011. However, Arizona is bucking the trend, with both Phoenix and Tucson reporting fewer auto thefts year over year.

“This is an example of where falling in the rankings is a good thing,” said Brad Oltmans, vice president of insurance for AAA Arizona. “Increased initiatives with law enforcement programs and better technology have helped reduce the number of stolen vehicles in Arizona in recent years. Even so, we advise motorists to always take precautions and be aware that auto theft is an ever-present problem.”

AAA Insurance offers 10 tips to stay hot-wired to keep your vehicle safe:

  • Do not leave your keys in the car and never leave your car running unattended, even for “just a minute:"
  • Park smart. Choose a well-lighted area of the parking lot.
  • Lock your car, and store valuables in the trunk or keep them under cover.
  • Have a car alarm installed, or consider installing a retrieval system.
  • Have your vehicle’s VIN number etched on every piece of glass and on all windows of the vehicle. Install an ignition kill switch, or use hood, tire or gear shift locks.
  • If you have a garage, use it – and keep it locked.

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AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.