The MA Cities with Most Car Thefts: How Does Worcester Rank?

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WORCESTER – There have been more than 200 car thefts over the past six months [Sep. 5, 2018 – March 4, 2019] in Worcester, according to data compiled on CrimeReports.com from the Worcester Police Department [WPD],

Of those car thefts, nearly 50% occurred during typical school and work hours — 8 AM to 6 PM.

In late 2018, the FBI released their property crimes data from the 2017 Uniform Crime Reporting [UCR] Program [the most recent data]— a collection of the number of offenses that come to the attention of law enforcement for violent crime and property crime across each town, city, state and region in the United States.

According to the FBI’s data, across the United States in cities the size of Worcester [populations of 100,000 to 249,999] there were more than 91,000 cars, more than 16,000 trucks and buses, and nearly 10,000 other automobiles stolen in 2017.

SEE LIST BELOW: The 10 Mass. Cities with the Most Car Thefts

Nationwide, there were an estimated 773,138 motor vehicle thefts in 2017 — a rate of more than 237 thefts per 100,000 people.

Car thefts increased by 0.8 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 and went up by more than 10 percent compared to 2013 rates. However, car thefts dropped by nearly 20 percent over a ten-year period from 2008.

Motor vehicle thefts in 2017 cost nearly $6 billion in losses — with an average loss of more than $7,000 per vehicle. More than 75 percent of all motor vehicles stolen in 2017 were automobiles.

ThisWeekinWorcester.com has gathered local and state data from the FBI and ranked the 10 cities and towns in Massachusetts with the highest car theft rates per capita [1,000 people].

Here are the 10 Massachusetts Cities with the Most Car Thefts per capita in 2017: 

 

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#10 – Worcester

Population: 185,107

 

Car Thefts: 397

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 2.14

 

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#9 – Chicopee

Population: 56,255

Car Thefts: 128

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 2.27

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#8 – West Springfield

Population: 28,635

Car Thefts: 67

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 2.33

 

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#7 – Lynn

Population: 93,140

Car Thefts: 231

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 2.48

 

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#6 – Fall River

Population: 89,012

Car Thefts: 229

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 2.57

 

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#5 – Holyoke

Population: 40,451

Car Thefts: 111

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 2.74

 

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#4 – Lowell

Population: 111,294

Car Thefts: 354

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 3.18

 

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#3 – Springfield

Population: 154,562

Car Thefts: 509

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 3.29

 

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#2- Brockton

Population: 96,016

Car Thefts: 384

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 3.99

 

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#1- Lawrence

Population: 80,890

Car Thefts: 408

Car Thefts per 1,000 residents: 5.04

 


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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.