Report: Car thefts on the decline nationwide

GPS systems have made it possible to track and catch thieves

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A new report by the FBI shows that car thefts nationwide are down.

There are more cars on the road, but with increased law enforcement and technology, car theft has plunged 58 percent since 1991’s all time high, according to FBI data. There were nearly 700,000 cars stolen in the U.S. last year, but the chances of your car being stolen are down.

In 1991 there was an all time record of 1,661,738 cars stolen. To give you another perspective, in 1960 there was a count of 182 vehicles stolen for every 100,000 people in the U.S. In 1991, it was 659 per 100,000 and last year it was 221 per 100,000.

Since then, there are now push button starters and digital keys, and other technologies that have made it more difficult to break in and hot wire cars.

Donna Sinopoly of Northampton said, “With the new cars, with the alarm systems, absolutely more police on the street, feel much safer.”

GPS systems have also made it possible to track and catch thieves even if they steal your wheels.

Click here to view the full report from the FBI.

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