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10 Places With the Highest Rates of Car Theft in the U.S.


On January 30, 2017 By admin

Car dealerships all over the United States are doing their best to protect their valuable assets. Thieves are well aware that dealerships are often home to millions of dollars’ worth of assets and unfortunately, automotive theft is no stranger in this country. There are certain locations that are considered safer than others, so it’s good to be aware of the theft situation in your area.

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The following is a list of the ten cities in the United States that experienced the highest rates of car theft in 2014 – the most recent year with complete data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  1. Seattle, Washington

With 469.1 thefts per 100,000 people, Seattle has the tenth worst car theft rate in the United States. This brought their total vehicle thefts to 17,560 and they a higher-than-average property crime rate. However, Seattle still maintains a lower-than-average overall crime rate.

  1. San Jose, California

This Silicon Valley titan, San Jose, is known for their high cost of living. This is likely a main factor in why they saw 471.4 car thefts per 100,000 people.

  1. Spokane, Washington

Compared against the rest of the top ten cities, Spokane actually had the fewest total car thefts numerically. Just 2,578 in 2014, but Spokane’s population boasts just over half a million people meaning that their car theft rate is 472.3 per 100,000 residents. 

  1. Fresno, California

With 491.5 car thefts per 100,000 people, Fresno finds itself at seventh place. It is assumed that their high rate of unemployment and low average annual salary contribute to the high car theft rate.

  1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee’s rate of car thefts is 539.4 per 100,000 people. With a population of just over 1.5 million residents, Milwaukee experienced 8,496 car thefts in 2014, which is the highest outside of the western region.

  1. Stockton, California

Stockton is unique because of their high unemployment rate and high cost of living. This combination leads to their car theft rate of 559 auto thefts per 100,000 people.

  1. Bakersfield, California

A more southern California city, Bakersfield, also makes the list with a rate of 603.9 incidents of theft per 100,000 people. Due to a struggling job market and high crime rates, Bakersfield is a high car theft city with 5,328 in 2014. 

  1. San Francisco, California

As the largest metro area on the list, San Francisco comes in third with 631.7 car thefts per 100,000 people. Given San Francisco’s large population, it totals 29,400 incidents in 2014. Even with this high car theft rate, San Francisco remains a highly desirable location due to the abundant job market.

  1. Modesto, California

Modesto’s car theft rate comes to 649.7 thefts per 100,000 people in a city with a population of roughly three-quarters of a million people.

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque tops the list with 676.9 auto thefts per 100,000 people in 2014. This state makes up part of the U.S./Mexico border, which contributes to the high vehicle theft rate. Criminals in this area are more motivated to steal vehicles because of the potential to take the car across the border and sell it in Mexico.

Even if your dealership is not listed in the area above, precaution is necessary. Most dealerships operate with standard video surveillance, but CalAtlantic’s Video Analytics Solution, InteleTraxs turns static cameras into intelligent tools. InteleTraxs is based on artificial intelligence, which will filter out irrelevant background activity and deliver relevant alarm information, so you can best protect your assets.


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