5 Mar 24

Rising vehicle theft threatens Mexico's fleet sector

In Mexico, there were an average of 168 insured vehicles stolen per day in 2023, totaling 61,222 units for the year. This marked a 2.3% increase compared to the previous year, during which 59,871 units were stolen.

The vehicles most targeted by thieves were those commonly used by car fleets, including light vehicles and pickups, as well as heavy vehicles, according to data from the Mexican Association of Insurance Institutions (AMIS). 

Out of all the vehicles stolen, only 42%, equivalent to 25,535 units, were successfully recovered in 2023, according to AMIS. 


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Source: AMIS

5 most stolen car brands

The top five most stolen car brands in 2023 included models commonly utilized in fleets, such as Nissan's NP300 and Versa, according to data from Nissan Mexico.

1.- Nissan NP300: 2,904 units, marking a 16.2% increase from 2022.

2.- Nissan Versa: 2,855 units, experiencing a 6.9% decrease from 2022.

3.- Kenworth: 2,205 units, showing 25.3% increase from 2022.

4.- Honda CRV: 1,638 units, down by 16.8% compared to 2022.

5.- Chevrolet Aveo: 1,549 units, which saw a decrease of 11% from 2022.

Stolen of heavy vehicles

The theft of insured heavy vehicles saw an increase to 9,238 units in 2023 from 8,171 units. Only 56%, or 5,204 units, of these stolen vehicles were recovered last year.

“The theft of heavy equipment is highly related to the theft of goods in transit, which not only affects transporters but also the production chain of multiple companies,” Norma Alicia Rosas, general director of AMIS, said.

The most commonly stolen heavy vehicle equipment last year included brands such as Kenworth, Freightliner, International, Dry Box Semi-Trailers, Trailers, Dolly, High Platform, and Tank, as well as Mercedes Benz, according to AMIS.

Uninsured cars

Furthermore, AMIS reported that 75,771 uninsured cars were stolen last year, compared to 78,839 in 2022. According to a study of AMIS, only a quarter of small and medium companies have mandatory car insurance.

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Authored by: Rodrigo Alonso