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380 cities ranked for car thefts

By Posted : 06/24/2015

Seven of the 10 worst cities for auto thefts are in California, according to the newly released “Hot Spots” report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), an industry-supported nonprofit dedicated to preventing fraud and theft.

Car thefts in worst-hit metro area, San Francisco-Oakland, happen 30 times more often than in the bottom-ranked city on the list, State College, Pennsylvania. The Bay Area saw 633 thefts per 100,000 residents; State College just 21. (See “What to do if your car is stolen.”)

The NICB offers a four-pronged approach to preventing thefts:

  • The first is simple, common-sense steps such as removing your keys, rolling up the windows, locking the doors and parking in a well-lighted area.
  • The second is some sort of visible or audible device warning that your car is protected. That could include a steering-wheel lock, VIN etching or an audible alarm that you set when you leave the vehicle.
  • Third is an immobilizing device that keeps thieves from starting the car. Those could include smart keys with a chip embedded, kill switches, fuse cut-offs and fuel-pump disablers.
  • Lastly, the NICB recommends devices that help track and recover a stolen car, which may include LoJack or onboard telematics systems such as OnStar.

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 drivers’ premiums.

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.

2014 Rank           Metro area         Thefts   Rate

1             San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA         29,093   633.27

2             Bakersfield, CA   5,211     595.82

3             Stockton-Lodi, CA            4,245     593.21

4             Odessa, TX          886        575.68

5             Modesto, CA      3047      572.75

6             Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA       3,032     560.49

7             Vallejo-Fairfield, CA         2,414     559.92

8             Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA     20,268   552.04

9             Fresno, CA           5,260     544.53

10           San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA          10,531   539.26

11           Salinas, CA          2,270     526.26

12           Albuquerque, NM             4,754     525.54

13           Redding, CA        914        508.33

14           Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA       21,264   478.72

15           Yakima, WA        1,180     476.41

16           Salt Lake City, UT             5,211     451.82

17           Wichita, KS          2,875     448.46

18           Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV           9,161     442.63

19           Chico, CA             954        425.44

20           Visalia-Porterville, CA      1,949     425.36

21           Merced, CA         1,132     425.00

22           Hot Springs, AR 406        417.17

23           Columbus, GA-AL              1,275     406.04

24           Pueblo, CO          654        404.02

25           Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI        6,346     403.63

26           Yuba City, CA      684        402.80

27           Springfield, MO 1,784     394.43

28           Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA        3,559     393.51

29           Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA              8,827     393.29

30           Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX                24,994   385.10

31           Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN             7502      380.57

32           Oklahoma City, OK           5,016     375.23

33           Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR               2708      371.40

34           Amarillo, TX        965        371.32

35           Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI      15,769   367.01

36           Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA           985        362.39

37           Kansas City, MO-KS          7,458     360.09

38           Grants Pass, OR                300        358.86

39           Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA      47,517   358.29

40           San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX   8276      355.40

41           Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC               3021      350.28

42           Tulsa, OK             3,370     347.70

43           Columbia, SC      2,779     347.16

44           El Centro, CA      618        345.08

45           San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 11,078   339.46

46           Macon, GA          777        337.17

47           Lubbock, TX        1,027     336.01

48           New Orleans-Metairie, LA             4,204     335.82

49           Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC             1,389     332.56

50           Topeka, KS          774        331.11

51           Billings, MT         542        324.77

52           Texarkana, TX-AR             480        321.64

53           Jackson, MS        1,823     315.64

54           Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA            17,633   314.07

55           Chattanooga, TN-GA       1,677     307.96

56           Joplin, MO           542        307.71

57           St. Joseph, MO-KS            391        306.83

58           Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO     8,226     298.66

59           Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA     6,959     296.35

60           Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL         17,173   289.60

61           Anchorage, AK   1,153     289.05

62           Fayetteville, NC                1,088     287.88

63           Salem, OR           1,134     280.68

64           Cleveland-Elyria, OH        5,777     279.95

65           Charleston-North Charleston, SC                2,021     277.73

66           Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 19,035   273.71

67           Birmingham-Hoover, AL                3125      273.22

68           Memphis, TN-MS-AR       3,632     270.39

69           Madera, CA         416        269.17

70           Savannah, GA     1,003     269.11

71           Mobile, AL           1,116     268.84

72           Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA    1,171     265.73

73           Longview, WA    271        265.34

74           Florence, SC        549        265.18

75           Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ       11760    261.97

76           Pine Bluff, AR     247        260.78

77           Charleston, WV 581        260.68

78           Sumter, SC          280        259.45

79           Yuma, AZ             525        258.31

80           Alexandria, LA    398        256.99

81           Honolulu (Urban), HI        2546      256.71

82           Colorado Springs, CO      1750      254.76

83           Hanford-Corcoran, CA    382        254.21

84           Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC             1471      252.04

85           Midland, TX         406        251.72

86           Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ     507        249.31

87           Tucson, AZ          2473      246.19

88           New Haven-Milford, CT 2115      245.57

89           Lake Charles, LA               496        243.28

90           Corpus Christi, TX             1089      243.02

91           Wilmington, NC                653        239.59

92           Fairbanks, AK      238        239.54

93           Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS   922        238.77

94           Spartanburg, SC                767        238.63

95           Longview, TX      517        237.72

96           Montgomery, AL              883        236.64

97           Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL               274        236.38

98           Eugene, OR         843        235.25

99           Tallahassee, FL   883        235.00

100        Monroe, LA         420        234.82

101        Cleveland, TN     281        234.74

102        St. Louis, MO-IL                6556      233.62

103        Reno, NV             1034      232.89

104        Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD              6463      231.99

105        Panama City, FL                443        227.26

106        Rome, GA            214        222.77

107        Abilene, TX          373        221.24

108        Hammond, LA    277        218.03

109        Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI            20757    217.25

110        Elkhart-Goshen, IN           436        215.87

111        Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA     259        215.18

112        San Angelo, TX   252        213.23

113        McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX      1766      212.50

114        Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX             861        212.37

115        Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL    1006      212.20

116        Albany, OR          252        211.13

117        Bremerton-Silverdale, WA             536        210.87

118        Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN             2669      210.21

119        Terre Haute, IN 360        209.94

120        Columbus, IN      165        205.69

121        Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA         1736      205.16

122        Trenton, NJ         757        203.75

123        Springfield, OH   278        203.58

124        Wichita Falls, TX               308        203.25

125        Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL   4695      202.25

126        Evansville, IN-KY               637        202.12

127        Dayton, OH         1614      201.54

128        Toledo, OH         1218      200.51

129        Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA               1225      200.31

130        Gadsden, AL        204        197.04

131        Olympia-Tumwater, WA                522        196.35

132        Dalton, GA          279        195.17

133        Las Cruces, NM 416        194.69

134        Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI            6788      194.21

135        Laredo, TX           516        193.50

136        Jacksonville, FL 2720      191.67

137        El Paso, TX          1594      190.51

138        Knoxville, TN      1618      188.67

139        Austin-Round Rock, TX    3660      188.34

140        Tuscaloosa, AL   443        186.32

141        Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL           1134      185.92

142        Columbus, OH    3708      185.91

143        South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI    591        185.14

144        Coeur d'Alene, ID             271        183.95

145        Lexington-Fayette, KY     908        183.74

146        Walla Walla, WA              117        183.30

147        Shreveport-Bossier City, LA           807        181.29

148        Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV              10856    179.92

149        Napa, CA             254        179.29

150        St. Cloud, MN     344        178.78

151        Medford, OR      373        177.38

152        Santa Rosa, CA   883        176.50

153        Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL        5115      175.44

154        Jackson, TN        226        173.55

155        Mansfield, OH    211        173.03

156        Fort Smith, AR-OK            478        170.96

157        Baton Rouge, LA               1406      170.33

158        Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD                10249    169.37

159        Huntsville, AL      746        169.13

160        Gainesville, GA   321        168.27

161        Muncie, IN          195        166.56

162        Brownsville-Harlingen, TX             698        166.04

163        Morristown, TN                192        165.93

164        Waco, TX             429        164.73

165        Goldsboro, NC   205        164.72

166        Cedar Rapids, IA               430        162.95

167        Killeen-Temple, TX           691        162.64

168        Lewiston, ID-WA              101        162.39

169        Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT              1962      161.58

170        Brunswick, GA    185        161.14

171        Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC     2762      160.90

172        Rapid City, SD     231        160.82

173        Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL           1020      160.72

174        Springfield, MA 1009      160.39

175        Asheville, NC      708        160.07

176        Greensboro-High Point, NC           1186      158.85

177        Jonesboro, AR    200        157.77

178        Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 856        157.73

179        Canton-Massillon, OH     635        157.21

180        Sherman-Denison, TX      194        157.04

181        Bloomington, IN               258        157.02

182        Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC   562        154.87

183        Gainesville, FL    417        152.54

184        Grand Island, NE               129        152.20

185        Providence-Warwick, RI-MA         2446      151.99

186        Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC                307        151.22

187        Lafayette, LA      726        149.70

188        Lawton, OK         196        149.41

189        Lawrence, KS      174        149.25

190        Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC         3532      148.38

191        Athens-Clarke County, GA             295        148.23

192        Columbia, MO    254        147.06

193        Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL             993        146.13

194        Cape Girardeau, MO-IL   143        146.02

195        Albany, GA          226        145.88

196        Greeley, CO        405        145.86

197        Victoria, TX         143        144.99

198        Tyler, TX              317        144.85

199        Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL          213        144.27

200        Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN       3093      143.90

201        Warner Robins, GA           268        142.92

202        Kennewick-Richland, WA               388        141.45

203        Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT             1336      141.31

204        Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN       299        141.24

205        Parkersburg-Vienna, WV                130        141.18

206        Sioux City, IA-NE-SD        238        140.99

207        Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 779        140.80

208        Auburn-Opelika, AL          217        140.68

209        Greenville, NC    246        140.29

210        Great Falls, MT   115        139.66

211        Rockford, IL        477        139.31

212        Flint, MI               574        139.02

213        Farmington, NM               172        138.95

214        Winston-Salem, NC          908        138.62

215        Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO    693        138.14

216        Pocatello, ID       115        137.98

217        Duluth, MN-WI 385        137.39

218        Cheyenne, WY    132        136.95

219        Homosassa Springs, FL    187        134.17

220        Missoula, MT      151        134.00

221        Clarksville, TN-KY             370        132.92

222        Richmond, VA     1665      132.14

223        Hattiesburg, MS                194        130.50

224        Wenatchee, WA               149        130.25

225        San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA   363        130.07

226        Sioux Falls, SD    322        129.66

227        Fargo, ND-MN   291        127.47

228        Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1443      126.98

229        Valdosta, GA       180        125.60

230        Fort Wayne, IN 536        125.47

231        Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2240      124.95

232        Raleigh, NC         1549      124.62

233        Akron, OH           871        123.75

234        Lansing-East Lansing, MI               582        123.71

235        Santa Fe, NM      183        123.51

236        Dover, DE            212        123.27

237        Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV            319        122.66

238        Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL         469        122.44

239        Rocky Mount, NC             180        120.57

240        Michigan City-La Porte, IN            134        120.24

241        Grand Junction, CO          178        120.06

242        Carson City, NV 64           117.38

243        College Station-Bryan, TX              285        117.33

244        Burlington, NC   182        116.82

245        Mankato-North Mankato, MN     115        116.78

246        Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH         5526      116.78

247        Bellingham, WA                242        116.15

248        Sebring, FL          114        116.05

249        New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA                23293    115.93

250        North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL           863        115.27

251        Johnson City, TN               231        114.87

252        Houma-Thibodaux, LA     242        114.50

253        Boulder, CO        358        114.26

254        Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 350        113.61

255        Jefferson City, MO           171        113.35

256        Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 377        112.87

257        Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 407        112.02

258        Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL             623        111.87

259        Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ       306        111.19

260        Ocala, FL             377        111.15

261        Dothan, AL          164        110.74

262        Flagstaff, AZ       152        110.40

263        Muskegon, MI    186        107.92

264        Decatur, AL         165        107.78

265        St. George, UT   162        106.62

266        Springfield, IL     225        106.35

267        Beckley, WV       131        106.18

268        Idaho Falls, ID    146        105.59

269        Lima, OH             110        104.72

270        Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 270        104.63

271        Jacksonville, NC                196        104.48

272        Grand Forks, ND-MN       106        104.08

273        Bismarck, ND      131        103.48

274        Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL         356        102.07

275        Danville, IL          79           99.09

276        Lincoln, NE          310        97.20

277        Eau Claire, WI    160        96.96

278        Port St. Lucie, FL               429        96.53

279        Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ 123        96.51

280        Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA               164        96.47

281        Fort Collins, CO 310        95.64

282        Ogden-Clearfield, UT       603        95.37

283        Kankakee, IL       106        95.17

284        Punta Gorda, FL                160        94.97

285        Hinesville, GA     78           94.76

286        Niles-Benton Harbor, MI               145        93.41

287        Bend-Redmond, OR         159        93.32

288        Prescott, AZ        203        92.76

289        Reading, PA        383        92.58

290        Rochester, NY    992        91.56

291        Ann Arbor, MI     324        90.79

292        Kokomo, IN        75           90.38

293        Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ        750        90.38

294        Decatur, IL          97           89.52

295        Monroe, MI        134        89.44

296        Ocean City, NJ    84           88.10

297        Battle Creek, MI               118        87.49

298        Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ   137        87.05

299        Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL              126        87.04

300        Iowa City, IA       143        87.01

301        Burlington-South Burlington, VT 188        86.97

302        Roanoke, VA       271        86.47

303        Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA      477        85.23

304        Casper, WY         69           84.53

305        East Stroudsburg, PA       139        83.58

306        Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL           164        81.95

307        Wheeling, WV-OH            119        81.95

308        Syracuse, NY       533        80.58

309        Boise City, ID      530        79.77

310        The Villages, FL 91           79.58

311        Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA    445        79.34

312        Saginaw, MI        154        78.97

313        Rochester, MN   164        77.08

314        Pittsburgh, PA     1795      76.19

315        Owensboro, KY 88           75.53

316        Morgantown, WV            103        75.04

317        Manhattan, KS   73           74.42

318        Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY      653        74.19

319        Bowling Green, KY            122        73.61

320        Jackson, MI         116        72.62

321        California-Lexington Park, MD     80           72.48

322        Peoria, IL             274        72.10

323        Worcester, MA-CT           656        70.50

324        Winchester, VA-WV         94           70.46

325        Racine, WI          136        69.69

326        York-Hanover, PA             299        67.84

327        Norwich-New London, CT             185        67.60

328        Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI          680        66.17

329        Manchester-Nashua, NH               267        65.90

330        New Bern, NC    83           65.08

331        Madison, WI       406        64.06

332        Provo-Orem, UT               364        63.70

333        Janesville-Beloit, WI        100        62.04

334        Bangor, ME         94           61.27

335        Green Bay, WI    191        60.73

336        Ames, IA              57           60.59

337        Barnstable Town, MA      130        60.49

338        Dubuque, IA        57           59.15

339        Staunton-Waynesboro, VA            69           57.61

340        Champaign-Urbana, IL    132        55.64

341        Lebanon, PA       75           55.00

342        Lewiston-Auburn, ME      59           54.91

343        Lynchburg, VA    141        54.69

344        Corvallis, OR       47           54.45

345        Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 82           53.63

346        Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH      65           53.57

347        Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY        81           53.44

348        Lancaster, PA     283        53.06

349        Charlottesville, VA            117        51.55

350        Bay City, MI        54           50.86

351        Utica-Rome, NY                149        50.23

352        Wausau, WI        68           50.08

353        Portland-South Portland, ME        261        49.85

354        Bloomington, IL                88           46.23

355        La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN         63           46.07

356        Erie, PA                128        45.97

357        Cumberland, MD-WV      46           45.76

358        Binghamton, NY               112        45.30

359        Fond du Lac, WI                46           45.20

360        Appleton, WI      102        44.06

361        Oshkosh-Neenah, WI      73           43.07

362        Carbondale-Marion, IL    54           42.63

363        Pittsfield, MA      54           41.95

364        Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA               35           40.81

365        Elmira, NY           34           38.74

366        Williamsport, PA               44           37.77

367        Gettysburg, PA   36           35.39

368        Sheboygan, WI   39           33.83

369        Harrisonburg, VA              43           32.91

370        Midland, MI        25           29.97

371        Logan, UT-ID      39           29.69

372        Altoona, PA         37           29.38

373        Johnstown, PA   39           28.32

374        Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA    49           26.98

375        Kingston, NY       48           26.60

376        Salisbury, MD-DE              99           25.39

377        Glens Falls, NY    31           24.34

378        Watertown-Fort Drum, NY            28           23.51

379        Ithaca, NY           24           22.92

380        State College, PA              34           21.42

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