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Crime > Car thefts: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Another thing to consider is the difference between number of crimes and the crime rate.

The number of car thefts in the United States is more than three times as many as in the second-place country, the United Kingdom. But the U.S. population was estimated to be 290,342,554 people in July 2003, behind only China and India. The U.K.’s population was 60,094,648, or about 20 percent that of the U.S.

In car thefts per capita, the U.S. is ninth, with a rate of 3.95 per 1000. This is considerably lower than the U.K.’s rate of 5.63 per 1000.

As for why the number of car thefts in the U.S. is higher than in more populous India and China, it probably is because the number of motor vehicles per 1000 people in the U.S. is about 64 times as many as India and 76.5 times as many as China.

DEFINITION: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United StatesUnited States 1.25 million 2002
2 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 348,169 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 346,166.29 2002
3 FranceFrance 301,539 2002
4 ItalyItaly 232,564 2002
5 CanadaCanada 161,506 2002
6 MexicoMexico 141,007 2002
7 AustraliaAustralia 139,094 2002
8 SpainSpain 134,584 2002
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 111,148.86 2002
9 South AfricaSouth Africa 93,133 2002
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 73,728.82 2002
10 GermanyGermany 70,617 2002
11 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 65,571 2002
12 JapanJapan 62,673 2002
13 SwedenSweden 61,350 2002
NATO countries averageNATO average 58,140.54 2002
14 MalaysiaMalaysia 55,879 2002
15 PolandPoland 53,674 2002
European Union averageEuropean Union average 52,510.78 2002
Eurozone averageEurozone average 51,198.35 2002
16 NetherlandsNetherlands 35,384 2002
17 ColombiaColombia 33,135 2002
18 PortugalPortugal 30,560 2002
19 DenmarkDenmark 29,101 2002
20 IndonesiaIndonesia 29,061 2002
21 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 26,143 2002
22 RussiaRussia 26,106 2002
23 NorwayNorway 23,339 2002
24 New ZealandNew Zealand 23,324 2002
25 FinlandFinland 23,115 2002
26 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 18,717 2002
27 TurkeyTurkey 14,954 2002
28 IrelandIreland 14,851 2002
29 BulgariaBulgaria 11,281 2002
30 GreeceGreece 8,486 2002
31 HungaryHungary 8,354 2002
32 ChileChile 5,930 2002
33 LithuaniaLithuania 5,716 2002
34 AustriaAustria 5,489 2002
35 SlovakiaSlovakia 4,795 2002
36 UruguayUruguay 4,517 2002
37 Costa RicaCosta Rica 4,385 2002
38 BoliviaBolivia 4,021 2002
39 ThailandThailand 3,276 2002
40 UkraineUkraine 3,164 2002
41 El SalvadorEl Salvador 3,069 2002
42 LatviaLatvia 2,845 2002
43 Hong KongHong Kong 2,804 2002
44 CroatiaCroatia 2,404 2002
45 EstoniaEstonia 2,322 2002
46 BelarusBelarus 1,942 2002
47 PeruPeru 1,899 2002
48 TunisiaTunisia 1,690 2002
49 MoroccoMorocco 1,523 2002
50 ZimbabweZimbabwe 1,342 2002
51 RomaniaRomania 1,227 2002
52 CyprusCyprus 1,009 2002
53 SloveniaSlovenia 930 2002
54 YemenYemen 821 2002
55 ZambiaZambia 792 2002
56 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 763 2002
57 MaltaMalta 707 2002
58 MoldovaMoldova 612 2002
59 LuxembourgLuxembourg 575 2002
60 PanamaPanama 566 2002
61 OmanOman 423 2002
62 IcelandIceland 387 2002
63 MaldivesMaldives 371 2002
64 Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep. 303 2002
65 JamaicaJamaica 258 2002
66 GeorgiaGeorgia 244 2002
67 AlbaniaAlbania 198 2002
68 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 163 2002
69 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 81 2002
70 DominicaDominica 72 2002
71 NamibiaNamibia 60 2002
72 BurmaBurma 27 2002
73 QatarQatar 25 2002

Citation

"All countries compared for Crime > Car thefts", The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Car-thefts

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Another thing to consider is the difference between number of crimes and the crime rate.

The number of car thefts in the United States is more than three times as many as in the second-place country, the United Kingdom. But the U.S. population was estimated to be 290,342,554 people in July 2003, behind only China and India. The U.K.’s population was 60,094,648, or about 20 percent that of the U.S.

In car thefts per capita, the U.S. is ninth, with a rate of 3.95 per 1000. This is considerably lower than the U.K.’s rate of 5.63 per 1000.

As for why the number of car thefts in the U.S. is higher than in more populous India and China, it probably is because the number of motor vehicles per 1000 people in the U.S. is about 64 times as many as India and 76.5 times as many as China.

Posted on 08 Mar 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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