Crime > Car thefts: Group totals

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, 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.


High income OECD countries 3.11 million 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) 2.42 million 2002
NATO countries 1.51 million 2002
European Union 1.42 million 2002
Eurozone 870,372 2002
Non-religious countries 811,017 2002