Top Theft Areas

The following 10 MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) had the highest auto theft rates in 2012 according to the NICB’s latest Hot Spots report. The majority of all motor vehicles thefts take place in these cities and their surrounding suburbs:

Top Theft Cities:                                      

  1. Modesto, CA                                                       
  2. Fresno, CA                                                     
  3. Bakersfield-Delano, CA                                     
  4. Stockton, CA                                                   
  5. Yakima, WA                                                  
  6. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, CA                  
  7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA                                                    
  8. Vallejo-Fairfield, CA                                                   
  9. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA                                        
  10. Redding, CA 

Source: 2012 NICB Hot Spots

Meanwhile, the following states had the most stolen vehicles recovered with a LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in 2012.

Top States with the Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. New York
  5. New Jersey
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Arizona
  8. Maryland 
  9. Georgia
  10. Washington

Source: 2012 LoJack Vehicle Theft Recovery Report

Many suburban and rural dwellers have a false sense of security. While auto theft is certainly prevalent in metropolitan areas, it happens in the suburbs too. Furthermore, because so many suburban dwellers make frequent trips into the city, they need to be aware of the risks and be proactive in taking precautions.