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These Are The Cities With The Highest Car Theft Rates

You’d better make sure your auto insurance is up to date if you live in or near Albuquerque, New Mexico. That’s because the Albuquerque metropolitan area suffers the highest per-capita rate of car thefts in the U.S, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual Hot Spots report. And though the city has implemented programs that have reduced its stolen-car stats by over 26 percent since 2016, it still ranks number one in the nation for purloined rides per resident.

While one might think the nation’s biggest burgs like New York City or Chicago might suffer the highest auto theft rates, and in fact they do register a greater number of car crimes, overall. But smaller cities with fewer residents typically show a higher per-capita frequency than more densely populated areas. While Los Angeles and vicinity reports nearly 54,000 vehicles stolen last year, that figure is spread out over a massive populace, which lands it at number 38 among U.S. cities. On the other hand, sleepy St Joseph, Missouri, with a fraction of L.A.’s citizenry, is ranked at number 10 with a mere 938 vehicles stolen. Perhaps not coincidentally, five of the nation’s hottest spots for vehicle thefts are located in car-loving California.

Here’s the NICB’s list of the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas having the largest per-capita car theft rates and the number of vehicles reported stolen last year:

Albuquerque, New Mexico: 7,146
Anchorage, Alaska: 3,087
Bakersfield, California: 6,748
Pueblo, Colorado: 1,175
Modesto, California: 3,428
Redding, California: 1,037
Stockton, California: 4,287
Wichita, Kansas: 3,547
Vallejo, California: 2,404
St. Joseph, Missouri: 674

Here’s how the NICB ranks the nation’s 10 largest cities in terms of car thefts per resident, with the total stolen during 2018 noted:

38. Los Angeles, California: 53,928
66. San Diego, California: 11,091
57. Houston, Texas: 24,481
78. San Antonio, Texas: 7,993
83. Dallas, Texas: 23,261
98. Phoenix, Arizona: 13,469
115. San Jose, California: 5,160
133. Chicago, Illinois: 22,688
193. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 11,214
299. New York City, New York: 19,789

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