According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 810,400 cars stolen in 2020 in the USA

The FBI includes the theft or attempted theft of automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters, snowmobiles and other vehicles in its definition of motor vehicle theft. The FBI reports that $7.4 billion was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2020.

In 2020, 810,400 vehicles were stolen, the highest annual number of vehicles stolen since 2008, when 959,059 vehicles were stolen. In 2020, the number of vehicles stolen was up 11.8 percent from 724,872 in 2019. Motor vehicles were stolen at a rate of 246.0 per 100,000 people in 2020, the highest rate since 2009, when the rate was 259.2. The 2020 rate was up from 220.8 in 2019.

Insurance Information Institute


  • Car thefts rose almost 30% in 2021 over 2017, according to data from NICB.
  • Most carjackings are now committed by juveniles who sometimes might be part of a larger ring of chop shops or use vehicles for drive-by shootings, NICB has found.
  • Some major U.S. cities data suffered 200%-plus jumps in carjackings over the past two years, with New York experiencing a 286% spike.
  • Auto thefts contribute to rising premiums for insurance policies.

Auto Theft Hits Record Pace

For the second year in a row, the industry group found the Ford full-size pickup truck was the model most frequently stolen, followed by the Chevrolet full-size pickup. Rounding out the top 10 are the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, GMC full-size pickup, Toyota Corolla, Honda CR-V, and Dodge full-size pickup

According to Statista, there were 78,155 cars stolen in 2020 in Canada

Car thefts cost insurance companies $542 million in 2021 across Canada


… the total cost of car thefts across Canada in 2021.

Out of the $1 billion cost of auto theft in 2021 across Canada, 54.2% was paid directly by auto insurance companies. Their claims payoffs were a total of $542 million. The remainder of the $1 billion cost includes:

  • Police services
  • Prison and justice services
  • Health care for victims

Key numbers regarding car theft in Ontario and in Canada for 2021

Below are key figures on this phenomenon which, unfortunately, is not decreasing:

car theft claims

...reported by insurers in 2021 across Ontario

1 car stolen
every 48 minutes
... in Ontario in 2021

$542 million 
the annual cost of theft car insurance companies in Canada

In 2021 47.2% of stolen cars in Ontario were SUVs

The last few years have seen a major trend in the automotive industry: the emerging population of SUVs (sport utility vehicle), which have won over millions of Canadian consumers.

It is therefore not surprising to find SUVs at the top of the most stolen vehicles in Ontario in 2021 (just around 5,150 thefts, or 47.2% of the total).   Next are:

  • Sedans (34.7% - just over 4,000 thefts)
  • Trucks (12.4% - around 1,350 thefts)
  • Vans (3% - around 325 thefts).

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