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Motor Vehicle Theft - Clery Crimes/Hierarchy Rules

Motor Vehicle Theft is the theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

There are three classes of motor vehicles:

  1. autos -- sedans, station wagons, coupes, convertibles, sport utility vehicles, minivans, and other similar motor vehicles that serve the primary purpose of transporting people from one place to another. Autos used as taxis and station wagons licensed as trucks must be classified as autos.
  2. trucks -- pickup trucks and cargo vans regardless of their uses. Self-propelled motor home is considered a truck.
  3. buses and other vehicles -- motor vehicles that meet the UCR definition such as snowmobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters, trail bikes, mopeds, golf carts, all-terrain vehicles and motorized wheelchairs.                                          


  • Count one offense for each stolen vehicle.
  • Count when motor vehicle is stolen by a person who does not have legal access or consent.
  • Include theft or attempted theft, joy riding and even if vehicle is recovered.

Do Not Count

  • Do not include thefts from motor vehicles.
  • Do not count embezzlement of vehicles.
  • Do not count farm equipment, bulldozers, airplanes, construction equipment or water craft such as motorboats, sailboats, house boats or jet skis.
  • Taking a vehicle for temporary use when prior authority has been granted or can be assumed, such as in family situations, rental car agreements, or unauthorized use by chauffeurs and others having lawful access to the vehicle.


  • If vehicle is stolen in conjunction with another offense, classify the crime using the Hierarchy Rule.
  • UCR definitions and not state or local classifications.