Vehicle theft rates in San Antonio are among the highest in the nation, according to a study from AutoinsuranceEZ.com.
The insurance referral service ranked the Alamo City as the 13th worst in its study released last month. The report compared metro areas with more than a million residents and analyzed each area’s change in the number of thefts and change in the percentage of thefts from 2017 to 2019.
During that time frame, 25,082 cars were stolen in Bexar County and vehicle theft in San Antonio increased by 10 percent, according to the study.
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The city had an annual rate of 333 vehicles stolen per 100,000 residents between 2017 and 2019, the study reports. AutoinsuranceEZ.com noted the theft typically happens around interstates after 9 p.m. The biggest break-in day is Sunday, in the hours after midnight.
Portland, Oregon is ranked as the worst city for vehicle theft rate, averaging 487 stolen cars per 100,000 residents annually between 2017 and 2019. The number of thefts for Portland, however, dropped 14 percent from 2017 to 2019.
San Antonio was the only Texas city on the list. However, researchers for the study only included cities that had data available during the report’s timeframe. For example, Denver, which had the highest theft rate overall of that group, was eliminated because there was only one year of data available. Houston and Dallas also had data missing, but both had more than 22,000 vehicle thefts in 2018, according to the study’s chart.
The data came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report and the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
The study also noted Hondas and pickup trucks are among the top vehicles stolen in the U.S. For more information on the report, visit autoinsuranceez.com.
Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre