Top 10 places for car theft


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NEW YORK ( - The West has the highest rates of auto theft in the United States, according to an analysis of auto theft data by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

All of the top ten metropolitan areas for auto theft last year were in California, Nevada, Arizona and Washington state.

Auto theft dropped nationally by 2.1 percent during the first half of 2005 compared to the same period in 2004, according to the NICB. That was the second consecutive year of decline in the national auto theft rate.

The nation's western states saw their second consecutive increase in the auto theft rate, however, said NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi.

The NICB reviewed data supplied by the National Crime Information Center for each of the nation's 360 metro areas. The theft rate was calculated as the number of auto thefts per 100,000 inhabitants.

Reasons for the increasing rate of auto thefts in the west are unknown, said Scafidi.

Currently most stolen cars are recovered. The rate of recovery is about 60 percent nationally, said Scafidi, but California claims a 90 percent recovery rate. Stolen cars are often recovered in "stripped" condition, missing many parts including body panels, said Scafidi.

Top ten places for auto theft

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau

1. Modesto, Calif.

2. Las Vegas/Paradise, Nev.

3. Stockton, Calif.

4. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Ariz.

5. Visalia/Porterville, Calif.

6. Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Wash.

7. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, Calif.

8. San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos, Calif.

9. Fresno, Calif.

10. Yakima, Wash.

Is it just coincidence that the state with the highest Illegal population has 6 of the 10 cities with the highest car theft rate? Or is there a direct correlation?

With 2/3rds of the current felony warrants out in CA being warrants on Illegals I'd bet on the latter.
woo hoo! Paterson NJ is off the list all togethor! They used to be number one, good to see the autotheft task force has had a good effect.
Steal a gun and use it in the comission of a crime and the gun is the focus of the investigation.

Steal a car and use it in the comission of a crime and its just another statistic that the insurance company works out.

Oh, and more people are killed with cars than guns.

The logic escapes me.
It escapes you? It's simple.

The Politicians don't fear cars. They fear an armed and educated public. Probably more than anything else.

Some of them even fear being SHOT.
Car Thefts

I can't believe that Newark, NJ isn't one the list. I wonder how they complied this list. It might be monitary value instead of shere number of thefts.

Theft provention by police departments was difficult as it only took a moment to get into and start the car. Theft provention devices didn't do much to stop the thefts. The "Club" was a joke. We would find them next to the empty parking spaces as a little salt into the wound. The tough part was catching them before they started the car. Once in it, chases were not allowed and way too dangerous. Even if caught, they were out before the paperwork was finished. In most cases, they used juveniles that took it as a joke.

It did turn serious on night when a car thief rammed a unmarked car in an attempt to escape and seriously injured the officer who had to leave the job. Some of them started carrying firearms, one who was shot to death during a theft when he displayed a weapon. Sad part is, catch ten, fifteen take their place.[frown]
Chris said:
I seem to recall, that is EXACTLY what the founding fathers WANTED the government to worry about.

Well, the good news is that THAT didn't escape you. You're 100% RIGHT. And that is the true reason for the 2nd Ammendment. Why else would the politicians want to get rid of it? Not to reduce crime, that's for sure. They WANT more crime. It makes the Liberals want more laws and more government, and give up more rights.

You can be free or secure, but not both. Right now, the US is neither.
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