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Car Theft by the Numbers

How often a car is stolen in Arizona: Every nine minutes, 16 seconds

Value of cars stolen in 2002: $377.3 million

Number stolen in 2002: 57,668

Number of vehicles stolen in 1993: 33,006

Number stolen in Maricopa County in 2002: 44,180

Number stolen in Greenlee County in 2002: 1

Number stolen in Phoenix in 2002: 25,624

Number stolen in Phoenix in 2003: 25,651

Per-capita auto theft in the Phoenix area in 2002: 1,238 cars per 100,000 residents

Per-capita auto theft in Fresno, California, in 2002: 1,074 cars per 100,000 residents

Per-capita auto theft in U.S. in 2000: 412 cars per 100,000 residents

Per-capita auto theft in Switzerland in 2000: 967 cars per 100,000 residents

Percent of car thefts solved in Arizona in 2002: 10

Percent of car thefts solved nationwide in 2002: 14

Percent of Arizona cars stolen with keys left in ignition: 20

People charged with running chop shops in Maricopa County since 1999: 109

Prison inmates from Maricopa County serving time for running chop shops: 13

Adults charged with vehicle theft in Maricopa County, fiscal year 2001: 1,619

Adults charged with vehicle theft in Maricopa County, fiscal year 2002: 2,167

Inmates in state prison for auto theft on December 31, 2003: 2,241

Juveniles in state custody for auto theft in fiscal year 2002: 50

Arizona eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed in 2002 (12,203 valid surveys) who admitted stealing cars: 366

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