DES PLAINES, Ill., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — California’s San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the nation’s highest per capita vehicle theft rate in 2014, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report.
Although vehicle thefts are down dramatically around the nation, the reasons they are stolen remain the same. Older vehicles are stolen primarily for their parts value while newer, high-end vehicles often are shipped overseas or, after some disguising, sold to an innocent buyer locally.
California’s San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the nation’s highest per capita vehicle theft rate in 2014, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report.
For 2014, the 10 MSAs with the highest vehicle theft rates were: (thefts in parentheses)
|2014 Ranking||2013 Ranking|
|1.||San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif. (29,093)||4. (29,326)|
|2.||Bakersfield, Calif. (5,211)||1. (6,267)|
|3.||Stockton-Lodi, Calif. (4,245)||5. (4,245)|
|4.||Odessa, Texas (886)||12. (764)|
|5.||Modesto, Calif. (3,047)||3. (3,565)|
|6.||Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. (3,032)||7. (3,205)|
|7.||Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. (2,414)||8. (2,540)|
|8.||Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. (20,268)||13. (18,128)|
|9.||Fresno, Calif. (5,260)||2. (6,750)|
|10.||San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (10,531)||9. (10,925)|
NICB’s Hot Spots report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center for each of the nation’s MSAs, which often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named. For example, the Bakersfield, Calif., MSA includes all thefts within the entire county of Kern, not just the city of Bakersfield.
Moreover, NICB notes, as a population-based survey, an area with a much smaller population and a moderate number of thefts can—and often does—have a higher theft rate than an area with a much more significant vehicle theft problem and a larger population to absorb it.
The full Hot Spots report is available at www.nicb.org.
NICB recommends that drivers follow our four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft: