Experts say that they have not seen such an increase in thefts in the last 30 years
According to a new report, the number of vehicle thefts in the United States increased significantly in 2020.
The document cites several possible reasons for this increase, including the pandemic, which caused Americans to leave their cars unattended for a longer time.
According to the National Bureau of Insurance Crimes, which represents the interests of insurance companies, in 2020, thieves stole 880.6 thousand vehicles, which is 10.9 percent more than in 2019.
“We haven’t seen such a sharp increase in the last 30 years,” said bureau chief David Glow.
Vehicle mileage dropped sharply in the first months of the pandemic as Americans stayed at home in lockdown conditions. This was one of the main factors contributing to the increase in the number of thefts.
California is the leader in the number of thefts – 187.1 thousand cases. In the second place, significantly behind it, is Texas – 93.5 thousand. Florida is in third place – 44.9 thousand. These three states account for 37 percent of all thefts in the country.