There Are Lots Of Stolen and Recovered Cars In the US
In the United States, over 700,000 cars are stolen each year. The authorities recover an average of 46% of those vehicles. That percentage varies by state: while Alabama has only a 28% percent recovery rate, Washington State had 71% and Utah, 63%. As a general rule, agencies must classify as Motor Vehicle Theft all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access ”even though the vehicles are later abandoned”.