I had my car stolen in Las Vegas. I went to visit my brother who lives in a nice part of the city. They have a gate into their complex and security that keeps an eye on things. When we looked for our car afterwards, it was gone. I know the advertisement says, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, I just didn’t realize they were talking about my vehicle. 

It has me thinking about how Southern Utah compares in vehicle thefts compared to Las Vegas and the rest of the country. This site gives a lot of information about anywhere you want to put in a zip code. I assume it is all accurate as it is on the internet...so there’s that. 

They list Las Vegas car thefts as unreported, not helpful. But you do have a 1 in 39 chance of property crime in Sin City. St. George it is 1 in 81, a little better than double. Certainly, there is less theft happening in Southern Utah although I thought it would be even lower. 

Photo by Bradley De Melo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/dodge-challenger-in-smoke-while-drifitng-18541789/
Photo by Bradley De Melo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/dodge-challenger-in-smoke-while-drifitng-18541789/

Nationally there are 890,179 vehicle thefts annually. The rate per 1,000 is 2.68. That means 997.32 people don’t have to worry about their car disappearing. You're welcome by the way, since statistically I made it better for you. 

In Washington County there were 141 auto thefts. That seems a lot better, but when you look at it per 1,000, it is not so encouraging. The rate is 1.41. This number was also higher than I expected. That means there is 1.27 more of a person losing their vehicle to theft in the rest of the country. Makes you want to lock your doors or something. 

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