Auto thefts continue to decline in Maricopa County
By Andrew Michalscheck
PHOENIX -- Auto thefts across the Valley have declined for the fifth consecutive year.
New data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed that auto thefts declined by more than 8.5 percent in 2012 in Maricopa County.
According to NICB, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area went from 323 thefts per 100,000 residents to 282 thefts per 100,000 residents.
“As these figures clearly show, our approach to investigating and prosecuting auto thefts in Maricopa County has been highly successful in holding these offenders accountable, recovering cars, and providing restitution and justice for victims,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
While the number of auto thefts has dropped, the number of auto theft cases submitted to the County Attorney’s Office has more than doubled since 2010.
Those two contradictory trends suggest that a higher percentage of car thieves are being apprehended and prosecuted.