The Mexico vehicle theft report numbers for 2020 are in! Last year in vehicle theft was down across the board by 13%. What does that mean in the year of shut-downs and COVID restrictions? Well, aside from the obvious that car theft was down, it also appears that the majority of thefts are shifting toward certain metropolitan areas. Keep in mind that despite the fact this report revolves around vehicle theft in Mexico you should not get the impression vehicle theft is an outrageously alarming concern in Mexico when compared to the United States. Last year in Mexico 74,000 vehicles were reported stolen, and they have a population of 129,000,000 people. In contrast, there were 721,000 vehicles stolen in the United States last year against a population of 331,000,000 people.
*The data from this report comes from the Asociacion Mexicana de Instituciones de Seguros.
Vehicle Theft Comparison by Country 2020
Vehicle Theft Rankings by State 2020
This year, just like last year, the central part of Mexico dominates car theft. If you look at the numbers for Mexico State (estado de Mexico) and Mexico City (which is surrounded by Estado Mexico) you find almost half of all vehicle theft reported are here. Notice Baja California maintains the 11th spot for the second year in a row, but with only 1,726 stolen vehicles.
Vehicle Theft in Mexico State Rankings 2020
Municipalities in Mexico Where Auto Theft is a Concern
Those who travel to Baja California, Jalisco, and Sinaloa might be alarmed by the report above. Sinaloa, Baja, and Jalisco are very popular for driving tourists from the United States and Canada. But take a closer look at this chart and you’ll see that the vast majority of vehicle thefts in these states occur in a small area. Specifically, over 80% of car thefts in Sinaloa take place in one city – Culiacan. Similarly in Baja California, more than 60% of these in the state are reported in Tijuana. If you can avoid these cities, you have a very small chance of having your tourist vehicle stolen.
The good news for tourists driving into Mexico, the rest of the popular driving states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas have relatively low vehicle theft rates. Once again, Baja California Sur ranks dead last in vehicle theft.
Stolen Vehicle Recovery by State
Here is some more good news that comes from the report this year – vehicle recovery is up. Below is the chart of vehicle recovery by the Mexican State. Highlighted are the most frequently traveled states by visitors with the United States or Canadian license plates.
Most Stolen Vehicles in Mexico
So now you must be wondering, what are the favorite vehicles among thieves? We get that question a lot, people trying to figure out which car to drive down to Mexico related to “target of thieves”. The good news is that most of the vehicles reported stolen are not even made for the United States market. Take a look:
Mexico Vehicle Theft Report 2020 – Conclusion
Last year, 2020 was a remarkable and memorable year for almost everyone thanks to the global pandemic we know as “COVID”. But for tourists heading down to Mexico reading this report, there is a lot of good news. Most tourist vehicles are not targeted, and the tourist areas are not the hotbed areas for vehicle theft.