The top four areas for vehicle theft reside in California, according to The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual “Hot Spots” vehicle theft report. Out of the 10 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) with the most per capita thefts, eight are in California. The remaining two are in Washington.

NICB data is in line with preliminary FBI vehicle theft data for 2012, which indicates a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 thefts from the previous year. This would be the end of an eight-year downward trend in vehicle theft. The FBI will publish final numbers in the fall.

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