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380 cities ranked for car thefts

By Des Toups Posted : 06/27/2014

Below are 380 U.S. metro areas with populations over 50,000, ranked by rate of thefts per 100,000 residents, as calculated by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

About 52 percent of stolen vehicles are recovered, according to federal data. July and August are the worst months.

You are not insured against theft unless you have bought comprehensive coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. (See “Life without collision and comprehensive insurance.”) If you have comprehensive, you still must pay your deductible. Insurance pays to replace your vehicle at fair market value, or for repairs and towing if the vehicle is recovered.

Typically a comprehensive claim will not drive up your car insurance rates unless you have filed several claims in a relatively short period of time.

While most anti-theft devices do result in a car insurance discount, the break is typically on the comprehensive portion of your premium only. Comprehensive is a relatively small part of most driver’s premiums.

Worst cities for car thefts, 2013

Rank Metro area Thefts Rate
1 Bakersfield, CA 6,267 725.24
2 Fresno, CA 6,750 706.61
3 Modesto, CA 3,565 678.41
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 29,326 649.34
5 Stockton-Lodi, CA 4,463 633.61
6 Redding, CA 1,120 625.77
7 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 3,205 598.26
8 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 2,540 597.95
9 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 10,925 569.12
10 Yuba City, CA 930 551.31
11 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 22,943 523.71
12 Odessa, TX 764 511.45
13 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 18,128 502.15
14 Merced, CA 1,301 494.25
15 Visalia-Porterville, CA 2,235 492.14
16 Salinas, CA 2,109 491.81
17 Salt Lake City, UT 5,372 471.03
18 Chico, CA 1,045 470.53
19 Yakima, WA 1,152 466.31
20 Albuquerque, NM 4,004 443.51
21 Grants Pass, OR 368 441.74
22 Oklahoma City, OK 5,811 440.34
23 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 18,343 427.08
24 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 9,146 412.77
25 Wichita, KS 2,580 404.77
26 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 12,868 400.72
27 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 7,986 393.81
28 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 3,505 391.55
29 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 50,758 386.54
30 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 2,777 383.36
31 Columbus, GA-AL 1,197 378.13
32 Kansas City, MO-KS 7,666 373.14
33 Hot Springs, AR 360 370.47
34 Macon, GA 854 369.28
35 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 23,041 364.97
36 Springfield, MO 1,631 363.46
37 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 7,078 362.24
38 Billings, MT 588 355.59
39 Columbia, SC 2,820 355.26
40 Tulsa, OK 3,397 353.28
41 Topeka, KS 825 352.26
42 Amarillo, TX 892 345.47
43 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 872 323.66
44 Madera, CA 492 322.86
45 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 7,251 318.37
46 Pueblo, CO 511 316.50
47 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 2,693 316.46
48 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 17,444 315.85
49 Fayetteville, NC 1,167 309.39
50 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 8,327 308.70
51 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,763 303.23
52 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 6,202 300.38
53 Joplin, MO 524 299.01
54 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 6,916 298.80
55 Jackson, MS 1,716 297.72
56 Lubbock, TX 888 294.98
57 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 444 294.12
58 Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,592 293.87
59 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 4,608 293.57
60 Colorado Springs, CO 1,972 290.72
61 Pine Bluff, AR 276 288.06
62 El Centro, CA 507 287.12
63 Mobile, AL 1,181 285.21
64 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 1,150 283.98
65 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 16,366 280.81
66 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 331 278.53
67 Eugene, OR 990 277.92
68 Tucson, AZ 2,740 274.95
69 Honolulu (Urban), HI 2,698 274.35
70 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 18,568 272.62
71 Montgomery, AL 1,017 272.28
72 Longview, WA 277 271.94
73 Texarkana, TX-AR 405 270.69
74 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,566 269.87
75 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 1,920 269.58
76 New Haven-Milford, CT 2,302 266.96
77 Salem, OR 1,066 266.23
78 Florence, SC 544 263.74
79 Reno, NV 1,154 263.67
80 Charleston, WV 583 259.41
81 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 2,930 256.95
82 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 24,398 255.82
83 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 11,225 255.19
84 Savannah, GA 905 247.24
85 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 1,071 245.81
86 Anchorage, AK 971 245.11
87 Lake Charles, LA 492 243.52
88 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 3,259 242.89
89 St. Joseph, MO-KS 310 242.63
90 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 1,977 242.28
91 Hammond, LA 301 240.01
92 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 1,104 236.45
93 St. Louis, MO-IL 6,583 235.02
94 Longview, TX 507 234.15
95 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 6,389 230.59
96 Laredo, TX 605 230.48
97 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 465 229.03
98 Wilmington, NC 615 228.96
99 Yuma, AZ 452 224.65
100 Elkhart-Goshen, IN 449 223.87
101 Columbus, IN 177 222.40
102 Albany, OR 263 221.45
103 Wichita Falls, TX 332 219.58
104 Sumter, SC 236 218.27
105 Toledo, OH 1,320 217.05
106 Alexandria, LA 335 216.47
107 Corpus Christi, TX 957 216.22
108 Trenton, NJ 798 215.43
109 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 1,800 214.38
110 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 866 213.89
111 Spartanburg, SC 666 208.78
112 Dayton, OH 1,650 205.61
113 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 4,583 202.09
114 Columbus, OH 3,950 200.81
115 Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 232 198.74
116 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 521 198.56
117 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 2,476 196.16
118 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 742 193.98
119 Evansville, IN-KY 606 192.82
120 Monroe, LA 344 192.65
121 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 1,146 190.76
122 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 1,014 189.68
123 Napa, CA 266 189.56
124 Fort Smith, AR-OK 528 188.59
125 Cleveland, TN 223 188.13
126 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 477 187.82
127 Springfield, MA 1,176 187.59
128 Morristown, TN 216 187.50
129 El Paso, TX 1,543 185.67
130 Springfield, OH 251 184.33
131 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,364 183.98
132 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,097 182.90
133 Midland, TX 285 181.78
134 Austin-Round Rock, TX 3,417 181.46
135 Sherman-Denison, TX 222 181.44
136 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 752 180.22
137 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 2,883 179.71
138 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 10,821 179.31
139 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 798 178.74
140 Rome, GA 171 178.46
141 Panama City, FL 339 177.66
142 Gainesville, GA 333 177.37
143 Terre Haute, IN 305 177.12
144 Sebring, FL 172 176.20
145 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 10,468 175.94
146 Waco, TX 452 174.53
147 Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,280 172.72
148 Dalton, GA 245 172.28
149 Knoxville, TN 1,469 172.27
150 Gadsden, AL 179 172.23
151 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 621 170.81
152 Tyler, TX 369 170.77
153 Flint, MI 707 170.21
154 Tallahassee, FL 635 170.12
155 Jacksonville, FL 2,370 169.94
156 Baton Rouge, LA 1,390 169.48
157 Lawton, OK 221 168.59
158 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 536 168.23
159 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,828 168.19
160 Coeur d'Alene, ID 240 166.36
161 Asheville, NC 726 165.88
162 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 1,029 165.17
163 Victoria, TX 160 164.11
164 Michigan City-La Porte, IN 181 162.65
165 St. Cloud, MN 311 162.57
166 Canton-Massillon, OH 656 162.49
167 Las Cruces, NM 343 160.69
168 Huntsville, AL 693 159.04
169 Abilene, TX 266 158.81
170 Lexington-Fayette, KY 776 158.55
171 Fairbanks, AK 159 158.31
172 Goldsboro, NC 195 156.52
173 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 3,650 156.29
174 Santa Rosa, CA 760 153.53
175 Richmond, VA 1,906 153.00
176 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 3,263 152.66
177 Tuscaloosa, AL 359 152.36
178 Jacksonville, NC 281 151.71
179 Cedar Rapids, IA 397 151.28
180 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 831 149.59
181 Pocatello, ID 123 147.75
182 Medford, OR 307 147.21
183 San Angelo, TX 171 146.70
184 Duluth, MN-WI 410 146.49
185 Jackson, TN 191 146.20
186 Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 135 145.99
187 Albany, GA 227 145.80
188 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,488 145.72
189 Rocky Mount, NC 217 144.03
190 Rockford, IL 495 143.64
191 Grand Island, NE 120 142.88
192 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 239 141.66
193 Kokomo, IN 117 141.37
194 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,328 141.29
195 Santa Fe, NM 208 141.09
196 Kennewick-Richland, WA 382 140.89
197 Fort Wayne, IN 597 140.76
198 Walla Walla, WA 89 140.02
199 Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 220 139.83
200 Jonesboro, AR 175 139.29
201 Killeen-Temple, TX 585 138.21
202 Lawrence, KS 158 138.21
203 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 274 138.06
204 Brunswick, GA 157 137.95
205 Decatur, AL 210 136.92
206 Bloomington, IN 223 136.74
207 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 201 136.44
208 Monroe, MI 205 136.32
209 Burlington, NC 210 136.03
210 Athens-Clarke County, GA 269 135.92
211 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2,381 135.44
212 Gainesville, FL 366 135.36
213 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 1,644 135.29
214 Greeley, CO 364 134.92
215 Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 281 134.43
216 Dover, DE 227 133.99
217 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 884 133.71
218 Warner Robins, GA 248 133.18
219 Columbia, MO 227 132.92
220 Muncie, IN 156 132.78
221 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 367 132.76
222 Hinesville, GA 107 132.49
223 Houma-Thibodaux, LA 278 132.45
224 Great Falls, MT 109 132.31
225 Lewiston, ID-WA 82 132.20
226 Farmington, NM 167 132.01
227 Grand Junction, CO 194 131.48
228 Mansfield, OH 160 131.39
229 Akron, OH 910 128.95
230 Missoula, MT 143 127.90
231 Winston-Salem, NC 831 127.69
232 Wenatchee, WA 143 126.06
233 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 589 126.04
234 Carson City, NV 68 125.74
235 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 5,858 125.06
236 Springfield, IL 264 124.67
237 Bellingham, WA 257 124.54
238 Raleigh, NC 1,509 124.25
239 Rapid City, SD 175 123.74
240 Lafayette, LA 588 122.73
241 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 673 122.18
242 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 24,316 121.89
243 Ocala, FL 407 120.64
244 College Station-Bryan, TX 282 119.08
245 Cheyenne, WY 114 118.99
246 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 867 118.36
247 Manhattan, KS 116 118.26
248 Greenville, NC 206 118.21
249 Idaho Falls, ID 162 118.19
250 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 113 115.97
251 Clarksville, TN-KY 316 115.93
252 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 568 115.46
253 Auburn-Opelika, AL 173 114.62
254 Sioux Falls, SD 279 114.57
255 Jefferson City, MO 171 113.63
256 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,286 113.39
257 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 308 111.65
258 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 286 110.73
259 Reading, PA 452 109.31
260 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 418 108.94
261 Fargo, ND-MN 242 108.28
262 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 392 107.66
263 Hattiesburg, MS 158 106.76
264 Dothan, AL 157 106.30
265 Johnson City, TN 210 104.50
266 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 203 103.82
267 Lima, OH 109 103.52
268 Jackson, MI 166 103.51
269 Bismarck, ND 128 103.43
270 Homosassa Springs, FL 141 101.24
271 Ogden-Clearfield, UT 627 100.87
272 Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 310 100.56
273 Bowling Green, KY 164 100.28
274 Grand Forks, ND-MN 101 100.25
275 Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 127 98.09
276 The Villages, FL 105 98.08
277 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 321 96.63
278 Valdosta, GA 138 96.57
279 Bend-Redmond, OR 158 95.21
280 Port St. Lucie, FL 417 95.18
281 Saginaw, MI 185 94.13
282 Roanoke, VA 293 93.96
283 Muskegon, MI 159 92.98
284 Lincoln, NE 289 92.00
285 Boulder, CO 283 91.28
286 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 745 90.08
287 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 504 89.67
288 Ann Arbor, MI 316 89.21
289 Battle Creek, MI 120 88.88
290 California-Lexington Park, MD 97 88.48
291 Syracuse, NY 584 88.23
292 Morgantown, WV 120 88.15
293 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 125 88.03
294 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 136 87.60
295 Beckley, WV 109 87.60
296 Ocean City, NJ 84 87.59
297 Mankato-North Mankato, MN 85 86.24
298 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 146 86.14
299 Danville, IL 69 85.90
300 Decatur, IL 93 85.10
301 Owensboro, KY 99 85.05
302 Peoria, IL 323 84.53
303 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 287 84.50
304 Wheeling, WV-OH 123 84.39
305 Racine, WI 164 84.08
306 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 457 81.94
307 Prescott, AZ 176 81.81
308 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 207 81.62
309 Casper, WY 66 81.51
310 Pittsburgh, PA 1,918 81.24
311 Rochester, NY 872 80.50
312 Flagstaff, AZ 108 79.10
313 Punta Gorda, FL 128 77.70
314 Iowa City, IA 125 77.56
315 Boise City, ID 495 76.12
316 Worcester, MA-CT 701 75.64
317 Norwich-New London, CT 207 75.51
318 St. George, UT 111 75.10
319 Rochester, MN 159 75.05
320 Madison, WI 459 73.16
321 Fort Collins, CO 231 73.10
322 Janesville-Beloit, WI 117 72.79
323 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 632 71.99
324 New Bern, NC 91 71.28
325 Burlington-South Burlington, VT 153 71.23
326 Provo-Orem, UT 394 70.08
327 Dubuque, IA 65 67.92
328 Green Bay, WI 211 67.54
329 East Stroudsburg, PA 112 67.01
330 Kankakee, IL 75 66.89
331 Champaign-Urbana, IL 157 66.76
332 Lebanon, PA 90 66.43
333 York-Hanover, PA 286 65.15
334 Corvallis, OR 56 64.67
335 Bay City, MI 69 64.59
336 Ames, IA 59 63.85
337 Manchester-Nashua, NH 257 63.62
338 Eau Claire, WI 99 60.16
339 Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 90 59.42
340 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 79 58.30
341 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 592 58.23
342 Lancaster, PA 306 57.78
343 Pittsfield, MA 74 57.11
344 Barnstable Town, MA 121 56.28
345 Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 48 56.25
346 Portland-South Portland, ME 292 56.16
347 Bangor, ME 86 56.08
348 Lewiston-Auburn, ME 60 55.76
349 Erie, PA 152 54.23
350 Carbondale-Marion, IL 66 52.08
351 Fond du Lac, WI 53 52.06
352 Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 62 51.88
353 Gettysburg, PA 51 50.22
354 Cumberland, MD-WV 50 49.39
355 Winchester, VA-WV 65 49.25
356 Bloomington, IL 94 49.20
357 Johnstown, PA 69 49.11
358 Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 73 48.00
359 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 58 47.54
360 Altoona, PA 57 45.13
361 Williamsport, PA 52 44.54
362 Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 53 44.34
363 Charlottesville, VA 98 43.74
364 Lynchburg, VA 112 43.67
365 Binghamton, NY 108 43.59
366 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 68 40.11
367 Wausau, WI 53 39.14
368 Utica-Rome, NY 115 38.62
369 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 65 36.04
370 Kingston, NY 63 34.81
371 Sheboygan, WI 40 34.81
372 Appleton, WI 75 32.61
373 Logan, UT-ID 42 32.37
374 Elmira, NY 28 31.64
375 Salisbury, MD-DE 119 30.87
376 Ithaca, NY 29 27.99
377 Glens Falls, NY 34 26.47
378 Midland, MI 21 25.02
379 State College, PA 35 22.52
380 Harrisonburg, VA 27 20.91
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