DC and Maryland Top Nation in Vehicle Theft Increases

A recent piece by WTOP reports that DC and Maryland are the fastest growing areas in the country for vehicle thefts.  WANADA works to enhance communication between the law enforcement community and our member dealers, so please continue to send us information on theft and fraud that occurs in your stores.  Soon we will be launching an enhanced reporting tool to make this information more robust and easier to disseminate.  The WTOP article is included below for reference.


Vehicle thefts have been surging nationwide, but D.C. and Maryland top the list in percentage increases, according to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a nonprofit organization that tracks crime and fraud.

In 2023, more than 1 million vehicles were stolen across the country. The District and Maryland each saw a drastic rise in thefts when compared to the previous year, with theft percentage increases of 64% and 63%, respectively.

Coming in third was Connecticut, which had an increase of 33%.

“Some of our community members have told us that their vehicle has been stolen more than once,” Cpt. Lovita Bryant with Prince George’s County police said.

Continue reading on WTOP’s website…

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