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Metro with the most car theft in every state

  • Metro with the most car theft in every state

    Anyone who looks at a list of the most frequently stolen cars might be surprised to see that the most common targets aren’t Ferraris and Aston Martins. Rather, the majority of cars stolen today are older Toyotas, Hondas, and other models from the mid-to-late ‘90s. The reason why is relatively simple: There's a lot of them and they're easier to steal. Modern cars aren’t so simple to hotwire with a screwdriver and some basic automotive knowledge—most come with engine immobilizer systems that render the vehicles almost impossible to start without specially designed keys.

    Dedicated car thieves have come up with ways to work around this new security, including stealing older vehicles, which has led to an increase in car thefts across the country even as other kinds of property crime decreases. Stacker compiled data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB’s) 2017 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report to determine the metro areas with the most car thefts in every state. The NICB accessed statistics on the total number of thefts from the National Crime Information Center for all 381 metropolitan areas in the country. The bureau then took a look at U.S. Census data to determine the number of thefts per 100,000 residents, and ranked those numbers nationally and by state. Stacker has included all these statistics, as well as the numbers from the metro with the next-highest theft rates and the 2016 report for comparison.

    Take a look at our list to see which cities in your state have the highest car-theft rates—and next time you’re visiting, consider a garage instead of street parking.

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  • Alabama: Mobile

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 2,010 (up 491 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 485.6 thefts per 100,000 people (up 110 from 2016)
    National rank: #28 (#57 in 2016)
    Population: 413,955
    Metro with the second most car theft: Birmingham-Hoover, AL (Thefts: 3,860; Rate: 335.7 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #62)

     

  • Alaska: Anchorage

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 3,274 (up 1,001 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 816.7 thefts per 100,000 people (up 147.3 from 2016)
    National rank: #2 (#6 in 2016)
    Population: 400,888
    Metro with the second most car theft: Fairbanks, AK (Thefts: 388; Rate: 389.2 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #46)

    Note: Only two metro areas were considered for this state.

  • Arizona: Tucson

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 3,260 (up 624 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 318.7 thefts per 100,000 people (up 18.3 from 2016)
    National rank: #73 (#89 in 2016)
    Population: 1 million
    Metro with the second most car theft: Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ (Thefts: 627; Rate: 302.6 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #78)

     

  • Arkansas: Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 3,171 (down 82 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 429.5 thefts per 100,000 people (down 58.7 from 2016)
    National rank: #38 (#34 in 2016)
    Population: 738,344
    Metro with the second most car theft: Memphis, TN-MS-AR (Thefts: 5,099; Rate: 378.2 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #50)

     

  • California: Redding

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 1,352 (up 341 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 751.4 thefts per 100,000 people (up 188.6 from 2016)
    National rank: #4 (#20 in 2016)
    Population: 179,921
    Metro with the second most car theft: Bakersfield, CA (Thefts: 6,560; Rate: 734.5 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #6)

     

  • Colorado: Pueblo

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 1,353 (up 28 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 812.7 thefts per 100,000 people (down 86.7 from 2016)
    National rank: #3 (#2 in 2016)
    Population: 166,475
    Metro with the second most car theft: Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (Thefts: 14,791; Rate: 512.1 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #20)

     

  • Connecticut: New Haven-Milford

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 2,371 (up 77 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 275.6 thefts per 100,000 people (up 4.2 from 2016)
    National rank: #100 (#109 in 2016)
    Population: 860,435
    Metro with the second most car theft: Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (Thefts: 2,523; Rate: 208.5 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #165)

    Note: Only four metro areas were considered for this state.

  • Delaware: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 10,708 (down 61 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 175.7 thefts per 100,000 people (down 1.8 from 2016)
    National rank: #198 (#208 in 2016)
    Population: 6.1 million
    Metro with the second most car theft: Dover, DE (Thefts: 177; Rate: 100.1 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #299)

    Note: Only two metro areas were considered for this state.

  • Florida: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 21,179 (up 972 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 343.9 thefts per 100,000 people (down 29.4 from 2016)
    National rank: #58 (#58 in 2016)
    Population: 6.2 million
    Metro with the second most car theft: Panama City, FL (Thefts: 522; Rate: 261.4 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #108)

     

  • Georgia: Chattanooga

    Vehicle thefts in 2017: 2,069 (up 188 from 2016)
    Vehicle theft rate: 371.8 thefts per 100,000 people (up 24.6 from 2016)
    National rank: #52 (#63 in 2016)
    Population: 556,548
    Metro with the second most car theft: Valdosta, GA (Thefts: 510; Rate: 350.7 thefts per 100,000 people; National rank: #57)

     

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