Despite nationwide drop in car thefts, Central California’s numbers are on rise, lead nation

 Tuesday, June 21, 2011

 The Republic

While car thefts dropped nationwide last year for the seventh consecutive year, California’s crop-abundant Central Valley showed an increase in vehicle thefts, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau released Tuesday. Three areas in the Valley — Fresno, Modesto and Bakersfield-Delano — are the top three hotspots for car thefts per capita nationwide, the data show. California, considered the capital of car culture, dominates the 2010 list of hotspots, with 8 of the nation’s top 10 car theft areas.
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