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California is Nirvana for Car Thieves

Golden State dominates top 10 list for 2014.

by on Jun.25, 2015

San Francisco and Oakland led the nation in car thefts per capita in 2014. California had seven areas in the top 10.

The Golden State is the land of golden opportunities for car thieves as California was home to seven of the top 10 areas for vehicle theft in 2014, according to a recent report.

More cars were stolen from San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area per capita than any other area in the country: a combined 29,093 stolen cars in 2014, or 633.3 thefts per 100,000 people.

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California took the top three spots in the country, said the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual “Hot Spots” report. In fact, California had 15 of the 30 cities on the report. In one sense, California sitting atop the list isn’t entirely surprising: it has the most cars. Combine that with the climate, which helps cars remain in better condition, and it adds to the equation. (more…)

U.S. Auto Thefts Fall to Lowest Level Since 1967

Crackdowns work as theft rate falls over 7% in 2010.

by on Jun.22, 2011

Car theft fall sharply in 2010 - though there are major "hot spots in California, experts warn.

Maybe it’s the video game craze?  You’re certainly less likely to get busted for stealing a car in Grand Theft Auto.  A nationwide crackdown is getting at least some of the credit for what appeared to be a 7.2% decline in car thefts last year.  The preliminary number, if it holds, would mark the seventh annual decline in a row and mark the lowest level of car thefts since 1967.

The West Coast remains a hotbed for car thieves, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which found that the Los Angeles suburb of Fresno saw the relatively rare increase in car thefts in 2010, which launched it from fifth to first among the urban regions NICB tracks.

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Other Left Coast hot spots included Sacramento, Spokane and San Francisco – Oakland, the insurance trade group reported.  California had eight of the Top 10 areas for car theft in 2010.

At the same time, Los Angeles was one of the many cities to report a decline in car thefts, along with the New York region, Dallas, Detroit and Miami.