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National Vehicle Thefts Down, Says NICB

Source: NICB

Posted on 28 Jun 2011

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a report showing that 2010 continued the trend of declining national vehicle thefts for the seventh consecutive year. While the top five hot spots for 2010 showed an increase in thefts over the previous year, the other areas on the top 10 list actually had fewer thefts.     

For 2010, the 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) with the highest vehicle theft rates were:

2010 Ranking                                                
1.  Fresno, Calif.                                                    
2.  Modesto, Calif.                                                  
3.  Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.                                   
4.  Spokane, Wash.                                               
5.  Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.                                      
6.  Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, Calif.         
7.  Stockton, Calif.                                                 
8.  Visalia-Porterville, Calif.                                      
9.  San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif.                 
10. Yakima, Wash.                                                  

NICB’s Hot Spots report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs. MSAs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named. For example, the Fresno, Calif., MSA includes all thefts within the entire county of Fresno, not just the city of Fresno.

The FBI’s preliminary 2010 crime statistics published last month indicate a 7.2 percent drop in vehicle thefts from 2009’s number of 794,616. If that estimate holds when the final statistics are published in the fall, it would result in the lowest annual vehicle thefts since 1967.

The full Hot Spots report is available at  
“While improved anti-theft technology and law enforcement efforts have had a significant impact on thefts, professional criminal rings and gangs are active in parts of the country and stopping them is the ongoing challenge,” said NICB CEO and President Joe Wehrle.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau:

Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,100 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $317 billion in insurance premiums in 2010, or approximately 80 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. That includes more than 93 percent ($151 billion) of the nation’s personal auto insurance. To learn more visit