What Cities Have the Most Stolen Cars?

  • June 19, 2012

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reported today the top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest vehicle theft rates.    Four of the top 10 MSAs reported more thefts in 2011 than 2010.

For 2011, the 10 MSAs with the highest vehicle theft rates were:

2011 Ranking                                                        

  1. Fresno, Calif.
  2. Modesto, Calif.
  3. Bakersfield, Calif.
  4. Spokane, Wash.
  5. Yakima, Wash.
  6. San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif.
  7. Stockton, Calif.
  8. Anderson, SC
  9. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.
  10. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.

Outside of the top 10, Riverside (CA), Oklahoma City (OK), Salt Lake City (UT), Columbia (SC), San Antonio (TX), and Chicago (IL) are among the MSAs in the top 50 that have seen year-over-year increases in vehicle theft.

NICB’s Hot Spots report examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs. For more information on NICB’s report, visit https://www.nicb.org/newsroom/nicb_campaigns/hot_spots/hot-spots-2011.