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2011 Marks Highest Record of Auto Theft in Mexico

82,510 car thefts were reported in 2011 (Photo Credit: El Universal).

01/12/11 – The Mexican Association of Insurance Institutions (Asociación Mexicana de Instituciones de Seguros, AMIS) announced that 2011 has marked a new high record for the number of auto thefts reported throughout Mexico. General director of AMIS, Recaredo Arias Jiménez , announced that in this past year, 85,510 insured vehicles were reported stolen, which is a 3% increase compared to the 79,731 vehicles stolen in 2010. Although this is a new high record, the overall increase over the span of a year is lower compared to the 18% increase in 2010 from 2009. The most commonly stolen cars for 2010 are the Nissan Tsuru, 14.506; Nissan pick-up trucks, 3.662; and the Volkswagen Jetta, 2.767.

According to the AMIS, the state with the most reported car thefts is the State of Mexico (Edomex) at 17,672. Nuevo León and the Federal District came in second and third on the list with 13,589 and 11,451 thefts, respectively. However, Edomex experienced one of the smallest increases in overall car thefts compared to the previous year at 3.1% and the Federal District experienced a 19% reduction compared to last year. The number of thefts in these three states combined constitutes 50% of car thefts reported throughout the country. The states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, and Coahuila experienced the highest annual increases in thefts compared to statistics from 2010. Violent car thefts became more common this year and rose drastically in the northeastern states of Sinaloa and Zacatecas, where they constituted up to 70% of general car theft crimes.

Arias Jiménez stated that this upcoming year, Mexico hopes to see a decrease in the number of car thefts. 33,604 vehicles were recovered by authorities in 2010, although a remaining 232,406 vehicles have yet to be recovered from the past 6 years. Car insurance companies are estimated to pay approximately $9 billion in reparations to insured clients who are victims of such crimes.


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Román Pineda, Romina. “Robo de autos alcanza nuevo máximo; crece violencia.”  El Universal. January 19, 2011.

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