Car thieves target California cities
By Anna Molin , Bay City News Service
May 9, 2006
Six of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest vehicle
theft rates in 2005 are located in California; however, none are
in the Bay Area, according to a report released today by the National
Insurance Crime Bureau.
All of the top 10 metropolitan areas are located in the western
U.S., with Modesto, Calif. topping the dubious list for the third
year in a row. Oakland dropped off the list this year after holding
onto a mid-level spot for at least three years.
The other California metropolitan areas with high auto theft
rates include Stockton (No. 3), Visalia/Porterville (No. 5), Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville
(No. 7), San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos (No. 8) and Fresno (No.
Car thieves have been busy in Stockton, Visalia/Porterville,
Sacramento, San Diego and Fresno for a few years, according to
the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which has listed these metropolitan
areas in the top 10 since 2003.
The auto theft rate is determined by the number of auto thefts
per 100,000 residents in a "metropolitan statistical area"
designated by the Office of Management and Budget, which recognizes
360 such areas nationwide.
The National Crime Information Center provides vehicle crime
data from these areas, which is then reviewed by the National
Insurance Crime Bureau and presented in its annual report on auto
thefts, which is titled "Hot Spots."
Other such hot spots in 2005 were Las Vegas/Paradise, Nev., Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale,
Ariz., Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Wash., and Yakima, Wash.
Nationwide, vehicle theft rates continued to drop for the second
year in a row, down 2.1 percent during January to June 2005 when
compared to the same period in 2004.
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