Motor Vehicle Theft

UCR Definition

The Florida Unifrom Crime Reports program defines Motor vehicle theft as the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. In the UCR Program, a motor vehicle is a self-propelled vehicle that runs on land surfaces and not on rails. The following vehicles are considered motor vehicles.
  • Sport utility vehicles
  • Automobiles
  • Trucks
  • Buses
  • Motorcycles
  • Motor scooters
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Snowmobiles
The following items are not considered motor vehicles.
  • Farm equipment
  • Bulldozers
  • Airplanes
  • Construction equipment
  • Water craft such as motorboats, sailboats, houseboats, or jet skis
The taking of a motor vehicle for temporary use by persons having lawful access is excluded from this definition. The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions.

Florida Statutes 

812.014(2)(c)6  Theft of a Motor Vehicle


Florida had 42,889 UCR motor vehicle theft offenses reported in 2017.  

There were a total of 8,288 arrests for motor vehicle theft reported to the Florida UCR program. Of these arrests, 2,615 were juveniles and 5,673 were adults.

UCR Offense Data  Officer with offense report

42,889 motor vehicle thefts in 2017

Source: 2017 Crime in Florida Report Abstract (PDF)

2017 motor vehicle theft offenses by type.  26,811 auto. 8,860 bus or truck. 4,348 motorcycle. 2,870 other vehicles.

Source: Motor Vehicle Theft by Type, 1996-2017 (Excel File)

Math Icon Information about calculating Percent Change, Crime Rates, and Clearance Rates

UCR Arrest Data  Handcuffs

8,288 motor vehicle arrests in 2017
Source: County and Municipal Arrest Data, 2017 (PDF | Excel File)

2017 Motor vehicle theft arrests by age and sex.  2,255 juvenile males.  360 juvenile females.  4,674 adult males. 999 adult females.
Source: Arrests by  Age, Sex and Offense for Florida, 2017 (PDF)

2017 motor vehicle theft arrests by judicial circuit.
Source: 2017 Judicial Circuit Arrest Report (PDF | Excel File)
To learn more about which counties are in what circuit, please see the Florida Courts website.  

Historical Data - Trends

Information about the different data sources found on our site.
Motor vehicle theft trend graph
Source: Total Index Crime by County, 1989-2017 (Excel File)
Total Arrests by County, 1989-2017
   Computerized Criminal History Arrest by Crime Type, 2000-2017 (Excel File)

UCR books
      Crime in Florida: Motor Vehicle Theft Section
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