San Francisco and California Rank Tops in Risk of Car Theft, Study Finds

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San Francisco and California Rank Tops in Risk of Car Theft, Study Finds


Byline: Bloomberg News

The San Francisco Bay Area had the highest rate of auto thefts in the nation last year for the first time, as California continued to lead the U.S. in stolen cars per person.

The region was first among "hot spots" for thefts in 2014, climbing from fourth in 2013, the Des Plaines-based National Insurance Crime Bureau said in a report. The Bakersfield and Stockton-Lodi areas in California came in second and third. California was home to seven of the top 10 hot spots.

Nationwide, vehicle thefts have declined every year but one since 2003, and the trend is expected to continue, said Frank Scafidi, a Sacramento-based spokesman for the NICB. Better technology used by car manufacturers and law enforcement has contributed to the steady reduction.

The San Francisco region had about 633 thefts for every 100,000 people last year, the NICB said. That compares with 116 in greater New York City, which ranked 249th in the U. …

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