Report: Dayton has second highest auto theft rate in Ohio

Dayton is the second highest city in Ohio for auto theft rate based on population, according to 2015 data in a national report, the Ohio Insurance Institute said Tuesday.

Cleveland remains the top Ohio city based on its 2015 auto theft rate and number of thefts, but showed a decline from 2014, the institute said. Columbus is third highest in Ohio.

Both Dayton and Columbus had increases in terms of the number of auto thefts and theft rates between 2014 and 2015. a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau showed.

Auto thefts last year for Dayton, according to the NICB report, stand at 1,748 compared to 1,614 in 2014. The report showed Columbus thefts for 2015 at 4,230 versus 3,708 in 2014. Rounding out Ohio’s top five cities are Toledo and Springfield.

The NICB reports that Cleveland’s theft rate for 2015 is 257 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population. Its 2014 theft rate was 280 vehicles stolen per 100,000. Cleveland had 5,300 auto thefts in 2015, compared to 5,777 in 2014. The city ranks 86th in the US, according to the NICB’s national list, dropping from its 2014 ranking of 64th.

The Ohio Insurance Institute said 12 of the 15 Ohio metro areas in the NICB report show a decline in auto thefts between 2014 and 2015.

For the same time period (Jan.-June), US auto thefts between 2013 and 2014 declined 5.7 percent with a 3.2 percent decrease between 2013 and 2012.

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