Fresno, Calif., retained its dubious place at the top of the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) list of metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with the most auto thefts per capita—MSAs are often larger than their namesakes, for example, the top spot encompasses all of Fresno County, not just the city. Following Fresno were more west coast municipalities: Modesto, Calif.; Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.; Spokane, Wash.; and Yakima, Wash.
In the NICB’s annual Hot Spots report, it was also noted that 2011 is on pace to become another consecutive year of declining vehicle thefts. Four of the top 10 MSAs reported more thefts in 2011 (+925 collectively) while the remaining six posted fewer (-2,017 collectively).
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