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The National Insurance Crime Bureau had good news and bad news for U.S. car owners Tuesday - the good news is that theft rates were down 2.1 percent in the first half of 2005 compared to 2004, marking the second straight year of theft decline. The bad news? If you live in the West, you're in car thief heaven.
In 2005, the ten metropolitan areas with the worst auto theft records were west of the Rockies, with California laying claim to six of the top ten. Here's the full list:
   1. Modesto, CA
   2. Las Vegas/Paradise, NV
   3. Stockton, CA
   4. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, AZ
   5. Visalia/Porterville, CA
   6. Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, WA
   7. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, CA
   8. San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos, CA
   9. Fresno, CA
  10. Yakima, WA

As you might expect, the NICB has recommendations to help you hang on to your ride, including the use of warning and immobilizing devices. You can read about their "layered approach" to protection here.

If your city didn't make the top ten, you can find out  where it ranks and how many vehicles were boosted last year by checking the NICB web site, here.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a crummy thing to say, but do you suppose that more cars are stolen on the West Coast and in Nv/Az because there are increasing numbers of (illegal)immigrants flowing to these areas?
      Living in Memphis, I'm suprized that this area isn't one of the top 10 cities. I've had my Civic broken into three times, My Ranger once, and my '82 J2000 once. You are really hard up for wheels when you steal a J-car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Re Malcolm,
      you are kidding, right? If not, wouldn't it be better if your alarm screamed something like "free beer" or "I won(the lottery)". It's unfortunate, but in many places screaming the R word doesn't always mean you will be noticed. I've never had a car actually stolen, but I am considering the "cheap assed" security system many people in this area use: a small to medium sized flashing red or blue light easily visible from outside the car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where can I get the rape alarm?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I once knew a person who put razor blades behind their radio. Well, one day a thief tried to steal the radio, and you can imagine the mess of blood in the car. The thief trashed the interior and the owner was sued for damages.

      • 9 Years Ago
      # 3. How the hell would you know if screaming rape would or would not get you noticed? Are you really this stupid or is it just an act for the blogs?
      • 9 Years Ago
      RE Howard Kerr

      No im not kidding my car has the Rape alarm. It gets more attention, it also does have the blinking and flashing lights like any other alarm, but instead of the horn going of(wooo wooo, eeeerr eerrr you know the weird sounds they make) it screams, RAPE! RAPE! RAPE! OHHH HELP ME, RAPE and cycles around like that. It gets alot of attention, more than any standard alarm.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "This is a crummy thing to say, but do you suppose that more cars are stolen on the West Coast and in Nv/Az because there are increasing numbers of (illegal)immigrants flowing to these areas?"

      It's not crummy at all, I live in Washington state and everyone refers to Yakima as the East L.A. of Washington. It's majority Hispanic and has a huge illegal population. God forbid we actually look at who commits crime in America.

      PC-Police you may now begin the ritual of flaming and providing excuses for the ethically challenged.