Ohio has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country, study says; Find out where it ranks here

Jack McLaughlin

It may not come as a massive surprise to many in Columbus that–according to new data study from carVertical–the Buckeye State holds one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the country.

Last year, the Arch City was plagued by car thefts, leading to a lawsuit filed by the city of Columbus against automobile manufacturers Hyundai and Kia. According to the carVertical study, which cited last year’s data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Ohio has the 9th-highest vehicle crime rate in the country.

The study considered the number of vehicles stolen in each state last year alongside the total number of registered vehicles in every state. According to carVertical, Ohio had 29,913 vehicles stolen last year, and the state had 4,086,521 total registered vehicles.


According to carVertical, the states with the 10 highest stolen vehicle rates experienced a 13% increase in vehicle thefts on average in 2022 compared to 2021.

Ohio’s rate was just higher than Florida’s, the 10th-ranked state, which had 45,973 vehicle thefts with 7,853,979 registered vehicles, and was just below Georgia, which experienced 26,529 thefts and has 3,525,145 registered vehicles.

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