According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the national rate of auto thefts has increased 1.2 percent in 2012. This is after eight straight years of steady decline. The West Coast of the U.S. was the only region that saw an increase in thefts - up 10.6 percent. That's a stark contrast to all other regions which saw a decrease. The southern US saw a 2.9 percent decrease; the midwest saw a 3.1 percent decrease; and the northeast saw a 7.9 percent decrease.
The news only gets worse if you live in California. Eight out of the top ten cities with the highest car theft rate are in California, with number one being Modesto, California. NICB says the good weather, proximity to the Mexican border, and number of ports make it a prime location for stolen cars.
The top ten cities with the highest auto theft rate are below.
1. Modesto, California
2. Fresno, California
3. Bakersfield-Delano, California
4. Stockton, California
5. Yakima, Washington
6. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, California
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
8. Vallejo-Fairfield, California
9. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington
10. Redding, California