In the US a car is stolen every 44 seconds according to the FBI. To protect your car and avoid your car from becoming just another statistics you can take several different precautions. It also helps to know which cities in the US are the worst for car theft in the states.
The Golden State is once again golden for auto thieves, as California is home to seven out of the top 10 cities in the United States for vehicle thefts, according to the latest “Hot Spots” report issued by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in Des Plaines, Ill.
Tony Bennett may have left his heart there, but far too many motorists are losing their rides in San Francisco (specifically the S.F./Oakland corridor), which leads all metro areas in the nation for stolen cars with over 29,000 pinched during 2014. The only non-California spots among NICB’s “hottest” cities for autos were Odessa, Texas, and the Spokane and Seattle, Wash. regions.
On the plus side, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says car thefts of all kinds are steadily on the decline after seeing a slight increase in 2012. The FBI says there’s been a 5.7 percent reduction in motor vehicle thefts during 2013 and 2014, and they’re down by a whopping 42.8 percent since 2003. The National Highway Safety Administration attributes the decrease to a variety of factors including the increased use of standard antitheft devices (especially coded keys, engine immobilizers and telematics locating systems), vehicle parts marking, increased and improved prosecution efforts by law enforcement organizations and increased public awareness.