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Car theft rates declined in 2011

The annual survey of car theft by the National Crime Insurance Bureau, a trade group of the insurance industry, signifies car theft continues to decline. Most locations had lower rates of car theft in 2011, though some locations are still worryingly high. You can buy car on line and hopefully it will not get stolen.


Car theft dropped in crime

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of property crimes, more or less, funds the National Crime Insurance Bureau. The NCIB does a yearly survey of car theft rates because car thefts are the most common types of property crime. In 2011, the car robberies dropped in the survey a lot, according to MSNBC.

The largest cities in the country are surveyed by NCIB because they have much more thefts than small cities do. According to USA Today, Laredo, Texas had the biggest drop going from 1,792 car thefts in 2009 to 849 automobiles. That is a 53 percent drop taking it from the worst city for car thefts in 2009 to the 53 slot in 2011.


Worst theft area

The biggest risk place in the country is still the Pacific coast. Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Bakersfield-Delano, Visalia-Porterville and Stockton were six of the top 10 areas with the highest rates, all of which are in California. The only other city in California to make the list was San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. The state is very theft-heavy.

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Spokane and Yakima, both located in Washington State, were two of the other three cities. The last city on the list was on the east coast: Anderson, S.C.

The NCIB points out that the most vulnerable car to own is the Chevrolet Corvette. It has a 1 in 10 theft rate.


FBI agrees

Car theft reports are also done by the FBI regularly, and the reports show the same thing as the NCIB shows. In 2010, there were 737,142 car thefts leading to $4.5 billion in losses due to theft. That was a .2 percent decrease from 2009, a 40 percent decrease from 2001 and a 60 percent decrease from 1991. There was another drop of 3.3 percent from 2010 to 2011. It seems the car robberies are going down, according to MSNBC.

Info from the preliminary crime report for 2011 signifies car theft is more common in medium-sized cities, as car theft rates for metropolitan areas with a population between 250,000 and 499,999 did not change from 2010 to 2011. All other categories of metro locations by population dropped. The NCIB’s top 10 worst cities for car theft are all small to medium-sized places, according to USA Today.

Metropolitan counties also had the largest drop in car thefts, as metropolitan counties reported a 6.1 percent drop in car robberies over 2011, compared to a 2.3 percent drop among non-metropolitan counties.


Sources
MSNBC
USA Today
FBI Preliminary Crime Report 2011
FBI 2010 Crime Report: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/property-crime/mvtheftmain

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