Premilimary US crime stats show a 4.1% increase in vehicle theft

4.1% rise in motor vehicle theft in the US during the first six months of 2017.

Motor vehcile theft was one of the few property crimes to record a increase in the first six months of 2017 according to the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January - June 2017. 

Vehicle thefts increased 4.1% while overall reported property crime offenses dropped 2.9 percent in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016. In contrast to motor vehicle thefts, burglaries decreased 6.1 percent, and larceny-thefts decreased 3 percent.

Preliminary statistics show declines in the number of both violent crimes and property crimes reported for the first half of 2017 when compared with the first half of 2016. The report includes data from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide that submitted crime data to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

According to the report, overall violent crime decreased 0.8 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared with the same time frame in 2016, though the number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters reported increased by 1.5 percent. Additionally, the number of rapes (revised definition) decreased 2.4 percent, robberies decreased 2.2 percent, and aggravated assaults were down 0.1 percent.

Source: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2017-preliminary-semiannual-crime-stats-released