How many vehicles are stolen each year in Virginia? Learn all about the numbers here.
In 1987, there were 15,022 motor vehicle thefts in Virginia; by 1991 auto thefts had soared to more than 21,000. Therefore, the Virginia General Assembly created the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Fund to educate citizens about vehicle theft and the theft of parts. This funding also provides training to law enforcement agencies as they work together to combat vehicle theft across the Commonwealth. While auto thefts have since decreased by more than 60%, there is still plenty that can be done to help eliminate auto theft.
The most recent numbers at a glance:
- There were 11,209 motor vehicle theft offenses in Virginia in 2020. This represents a 6% increase from 2019.
- Auto thefts occur most often in summer and least frequently during winter. In 2020, 34% of all incidents occurred between June and September.
- There were 1,068 arrests reported in 2020, an increase of 4% from 2019 when 1,025 arrests were reported.
- In 2020, the value of reported stolen motor vehicles totaled $137 million. This represents a 14% increase from 2019 when the value of stolen vehicles was $120 million.
Source for above facts and figures: Crime in Virginia Report, 2020.