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Arizona auto thefts dropped by 6.6% in 2023, officials say

Jan 23, 2024, 4:25 AM

Auto thefts in Arizona dropped by 6.6% in 2023, officials say...

Auto thefts in Arizona fell by 6.6% last year, according to the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

(Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Auto thefts dropped by 6.6% last year compared to 2022, the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) announced last week.

The data came from the Auto Crime Tracking database, AATA said.

There were 20,255 auto theft incidences in Arizona last year, officials said. Criminals stole 21,694 vehicles in 2022, AATA said.

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Of all the vehicles stolen in 2023, 16,733 were recovered, AATA said.

In other words, auto theft victims in the Grand Canyon State have an 83% chance of getting their vehicles back, the announcement said.

Officials will likely recover more of those stolen vehicles from 2023 this year, AATA said.

AATA Assistant Director James McGuffin was optimistic about the data trends.

“The AATA is encouraged with the decline in auto thefts in Arizona last year,” McGuffin said in a statement. “To continue these declines we remind all vehicle owners to be diligent in parking smart, taking the vehicle’s keys and locking doors.”

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Arizona auto thefts dropped by 6.6% in 2023, officials say