California auto theft rates highest in USA

California again leads the nation in vehicle theft rates. This means that car insurance buyers will continue to pay some of the highest costs in the country for vehicle theft insurance. Some auto insurance policies do not cover theft or loss of use. If you are a California driver, please be aware that you should consider auto insurance that has theft coverage.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) “Hot Spots” report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

For 2013, the 10 MSAs with the highest vehicle theft rates were:

2013 Ranking 2012 Ranking
1 Bakersfield, Calif. 3
2 Fresno, Calif. 2
3 Modesto, Calif. 1
4 San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif. 6
5 Stockton-Lodi, Calif. 4
6 Redding, Calif. 10
7 Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. 9
8 Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 8
9 San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif. 7
10 Yuba City, Calif. 31

Although California tends to place high in this report, this is the first time that California has held nine of the top 10 spots for MSAs with the highest per capita vehicle theft rates.

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