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City metro areas with the most car thefts

New Mexico's Albuquerque metropolitan area, which includes Bernalillo County, repeats as having the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2017, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest car-theft by city metro area report.

Car being broken into

NICB’s report analyzes vehicle theft data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). These areas often include many other cities and towns beyond the namesake city.

Another note on the findings: as a population-based survey, an area with fewer people and a moderate number of thefts can—and often does—have a higher theft rate than an area with a much higher theft rate and a larger population to absorb it. That's why the St. Joseph, Missouri metro area, with 952 thefts, placed fifth, while Los Angeles, with 60,444 came in 33rd.

The NICB estimates car thefts increased 4 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, though overall the amount of stolen cars is on the decline when looking back 25 years. 

The historic peak year for vehicle theft was 1991, with 1,661,738 reported thefts. In 2016, the total was 765,484. That is a 54 percent reduction since 1991.

Regardless of where vehicles are stolen the most, the reasons for theft typically remain the same. Older vehicles are usually stolen and chopped up so parts can be sold, while newer models are often shipped overseas or fraudulently modified and resold, according to the NICB.

Comprehensive car insurance covers theft

If your vehicle is stolen, you must have comprehensive car insurance to file a claim to replace it. When getting a quote for comprehensive coverage, you will need to choose a deductible amount. A deductible is the amount you’re responsible for paying before your insurance benefits start to pay out. Comprehensive insurance also covers damage due to flooding, fire, hail, wind, vandalism and animal strikes, in addition to theft. If your car is stolen and you make claim, you'll get up to the actual cash value of your car, minus your deductible.

The value of the car, your driving record, the deductible you choose and repair costs determine the cost of comprehensive coverage, but it is usually very affordable. The average annual cost nationwide for comprehensive coverage is just $192, according to a CarInsurance.com rate analysis.

But you can reduce your chances for theft, and trim your car insurance rates, by using anti-theft devices. Insurance companies will typically grant car insurance discounts of up to 15 percent, but sometimes even more depending on the device you have, if your car has theft protection.

Below are 382 metro areas with populations over 50,000, ranked by rate of thefts per 100,000 residents, as calculated by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

2017 RankCity/metro area2017 thefts2017 theft rate
1Albuquerque, NM9,9891,096.82
2Anchorage, AK3,274816.69
3Pueblo, CO1,353812.73
4Redding, CA1,352751.44
5St. Joseph, MO-KS952749.99
6Bakersfield, CA6,560734.50
7Modesto, CA3,870706.33
8Stockton-Lodi, CA4,575613.74
9Yuba City, CA1,050604.56
10Springfield, MO2,686580.92
11Charleston, WV1,224570.88
12San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA26,942569.92
13San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA11,355568.19
14Salt Lake City, UT6,785563.96
15Billings, MT952558.36
16Tulsa, OK5,336538.61
17Visalia-Porterville, CA2,408518.41
18Lubbock, TX1,630514.22
19Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA12,577512.68
20Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO14,791512.11
21Chico, CA1,168509.39
22Merced, CA1,374503.90
23Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA22,930500.58
24Fresno, CA4,931498.46
25Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA19,136494.85
26Vallejo-Fairfield, CA2,194492.53
27Wichita, KS3,175491.77
28Mobile, AL2,010485.56
29Columbia, SC3,996484.34
30Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV10,624482.02
31Yakima, WA1,200479.63
32Kansas City, MO-KS9,712456.20
33Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA60,444452.63
34Topeka, KS1,050450.36
35Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA1,238448.72
36Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA2,507444.32
37Amarillo, TX1,168440.88
38Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR3,171429.47
39Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA4,007429.33
40Salinas, CA1,840420.18
41Grants Pass, OR359415.74
42Reno, NV1,922413.70
43Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI6,516413.39
44Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA9,609413.31
45Salem, OR1,685396.49
46Fairbanks, AK388389.16
47Madera, CA609388.17
48Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN4,920380.23
49Cleveland, TN463378.52
50Memphis, TN-MS-AR5,099378.19
51Hanford-Corcoran, CA560373.08
52Chattanooga, TN-GA2,069371.76
53Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN7,484368.92
54Pine Bluff, AR323355.09
55San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX8,725352.67
56Joplin, MO629352.37
57Valdosta, GA510350.67
58Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL21,179343.88
59San Diego-Carlsbad, CA11,436342.63
60Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX23,417339.75
61Odessa, TX528336.12
62Birmingham-Hoover, AL3,860335.71
63Savannah, GA1,299335.19
64New Orleans-Metairie, LA4,274335.02
65Colorado Springs, CO2,410332.93
66Hot Springs, AR324328.41
67Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA19,270327.46
68Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC2,917325.59
69Oklahoma City, OK4,499325.13
70Columbus, GA-AL986324.54
71Lake Charles, LA674321.94
72Macon-Bibb County, GA730318.90
73Tucson, AZ3,260318.74
74Charleston-North Charleston, SC2,397308.96
75Alexandria, LA470305.23
76Shreveport-Bossier City, LA1,344304.81
77Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD8,499302.65
78Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ627302.61
79Spartanburg, SC1,007301.14
80Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI12,983301.02
81El Centro, CA545298.09
82Baton Rouge, LA2,483297.67
83Terre Haute, IN505297.12
84Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS1,171297.03
85Cleveland-Elyria, OH6,070294.83
86Montgomery, AL1,099293.93
87Columbus, IN240292.54
88Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX21,580291.63
89St. Louis, MO-IL8,130289.60
90Lexington-Fayette, KY1,476287.92
91South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI921286.19
92Corpus Christi, TX1,296285.46
93San Angelo, TX336281.09
94Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ13,298280.71
95Great Falls, MT228279.23
96Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL1,064278.34
97Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL319278.05
98Medford, OR604277.73
99Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX1,145277.62
100New Haven-Milford, CT2,371275.56
101Florence, SC567275.47
102Sumter, SC294275.16
103Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA1,229274.24
104Honolulu (Urban), HI2,697272.80
105Longview, WA291272.19
106Olympia-Tumwater, WA746265.87
107Springfield, OH354263.09
108Panama City, FL522261.36
109Parkersburg-Vienna, WV237260.73
110Morristown, TN307259.99
111Santa Fe, NM384258.15
112Tallahassee, FL986257.69
113Las Cruces, NM553256.52
114Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL6,431256.23
115Columbus, OH5,321255.97
116Killeen-Temple, TX1,131254.86
117Texarkana, TX-AR383254.73
118Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI24,254254.42
119Longview, TX552253.82
120Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA1,633252.82
121Rapid City, SD371252.64
122Gadsden, AL259252.06
123Muncie, IN290251.77
124Jacksonville, FL3,772250.63
125Elkhart-Goshen, IN512249.72
126Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC1,159249.70
127Jonesboro, AR327249.11
128Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC913249.09
129Eugene, OR933248.97
130Yuma, AZ515248.15
131Fort Smith, AR-OK700248.15
132Hammond, LA328247.55
133Dayton, OH1,959243.83
134Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL357242.79
135Huntsville, AL1,102241.96
136Fayetteville, NC919237.68
137Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA298237.23
138Knoxville, TN2,073236.35
139Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI8,472235.29
140Jackson, MS1,357234.49
141Napa, CA329233.38
142Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC1,390231.61
143Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN4,353228.74
144Monroe, LA408228.64
145Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA1,933226.29
146Springfield, IL471225.69
147Ocala, FL796224.63
148Cheyenne, WY220223.74
149Evansville, IN-KY700221.75
150Greensboro-High Point, NC1,686221.50
151Richmond, VA2,854220.52
152Midland, TX376220.30
153Wichita Falls, TX331218.87
154Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO1,171217.88
155Lawrence, KS263217.73
156Hattiesburg, MS322216.29
157Farmington, NM273215.09
158Durham-Chapel Hill, NC1,217214.48
159Bremerton-Silverdale, WA569213.58
160Lawton, OK270212.02
161Albany, OR265211.92
162Tuscaloosa, AL514211.70
163Columbia, MO376210.91
164Sioux City, IA-NE-SD353209.35
165Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT2,523208.47
166Cedar Rapids, IA553204.59
167Sherman-Denison, TX268204.36
168Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL1,323203.79
169Trenton, NJ763203.61
170Bismarck, ND269203.57
171El Paso, TX1,708202.17
172Santa Rosa, CA1,014201.10
173Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC5,059200.33
174Missoula, MT235200.10
175Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA606197.61
176Winston-Salem, NC1,308195.89
177Owensboro, KY229193.45
178Greeley, CO582191.05
179Wilmington, NC550190.87
180Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL5,867189.78
181Johnson City, TN382189.06
182Bloomington, IN317188.89
183Gainesville, FL537188.63
184Abilene, TX321188.58
185Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN4,109188.57
186Warner Robins, GA359187.19
187Austin-Round Rock, TX3,939186.17
188Toledo, OH1,119185.37
189Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT1,758185.07
190Roanoke, VA581184.96
191Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL900184.51
192Rome, GA179183.38
193Victoria, TX180180.64
194Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC3,115180.55
195Waco, TX483179.76
196Jackson, TN231178.74
197Asheville, NC810177.58
198Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD10,708175.65
199Grand Junction, CO266175.44
200Kennewick-Richland, WA509175.34
201Boulder, CO565175.19
202Pocatello, ID149174.74
203Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL1,029174.65
204Fargo, ND-MN416172.36
205Sioux Falls, SD446172.14
206Akron, OH1,211172.14
207Jefferson City, MO256169.02
208Walla Walla, WA108167.15
209Grand Island, NE142166.97
210San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA473166.90
211Kalamazoo-Portage, MI564166.70
212Brunswick, GA196165.93
213Ogden-Clearfield, UT1,100165.32
214Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC354164.42
215Albany, GA248163.77
216Springfield, MA1,027162.59
217Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV10,096162.40
218Gainesville, GA323162.04
219Decatur, AL243160.01
220Duluth, MN-WI446159.98
221Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH570159.90
222Michigan City-La Porte, IN175159.05
223Mansfield, OH191158.39
224Clarksville, TN-KY448157.17
225Muskegon, MI272156.60
226Fort Wayne, IN668153.70
227Dothan, AL227153.47
228Dalton, GA221153.00
229Rockford, IL513151.64
230Carson City, NV83151.61
231Athens-Clarke County, GA317151.48
232Canton-Massillon, OH605151.28
233St. Cloud, MN299151.19
234Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL1,108149.89
235Cape Girardeau, MO-IL145149.82
236Tyler, TX340149.30
237Flint, MI608149.24
238Bellingham, WA329148.60
239Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA793146.33
240Lafayette, LA718146.07
241Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL1,001145.82
242Goldsboro, NC180144.96
243Manhattan, KS142144.78
244Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ390144.49
245Flagstaff, AZ200142.07
246Casper, WY113142.05
247Rocky Mount, NC208141.75
248Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ216141.60
249Grand Forks, ND-MN145141.58
250Boise City, ID1,002141.16
251Providence-Warwick, RI-MA2,280140.64
252Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY211140.26
253Kokomo, IN115139.63
254McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX1,200139.43
255Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL296139.21
256Bowling Green, KY243138.99
257Lewiston, ID-WA87138.27
258Homosassa Springs, FL200137.32
259Lansing-East Lansing, MI654136.92
260Brownsville-Harlingen, TX575135.70
261Raleigh, NC1,807135.35
262Peoria, IL504135.33
263Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL364134.15
264Sebring, FL138134.13
265Fort Collins, CO459133.44
266Enid, OK81131.53
267Auburn-Opelika, AL212131.18
268Burlington, NC208128.09
269Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL196126.96
270Lima, OH131126.94
271Coeur d'Alene, ID199126.24
272College Station-Bryan, TX323125.17
273Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY1,412124.20
274Decatur, IL131123.82
275Monroe, MI185123.62
276Greenville, NC220122.88
277Danville, IL94120.65
278Niles-Benton Harbor, MI180116.69
279Jackson, MI185116.62
280Wenatchee, WA138116.48
281Lincoln, NE386116.43
282Madison, WI758115.86
283Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV304114.50
284Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA192113.01
285Battle Creek, MI151112.58
286Jacksonville, NC216111.40
287Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN240109.47
288Houma-Thibodaux, LA228108.31
289Bend-Redmond, OR202108.09
290St. George, UT178107.45
291North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL859106.75
292Wheeling, WV-OH149105.48
293Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH5,097105.39
294New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA21,283104.73
295Laredo, TX286104.08
296The Villages, FL130103.86
297Ann Arbor, MI370100.65
298Kankakee, IL110100.36
299Dover, DE177100.10
300Punta Gorda, FL17998.33
301Iowa City, IA16897.96
302Eau Claire, WI16095.53
303Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ11995.39
304Port St. Lucie, FL45195.26
305Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ78993.87
306Morgantown, WV12993.00
307Staunton-Waynesboro, VA11392.62
308Provo-Orem, UT56491.31
309Beckley, WV10790.26
310Reading, PA37489.50
311Pittsburgh, PA2,08589.36
312Hinesville, GA7188.31
313Ocean City, NJ8287.65
314Rochester, MN19187.50
315Syracuse, NY56986.89
316Lynchburg, VA22786.89
317Racine, WI17086.70
318Norwich-New London, CT23386.61
319Champaign-Urbana, IL20686.15
320Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL32186.09
321Idaho Falls, ID12384.45
322La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN11583.98
323Rochester, NY90583.96
324York-Hanover, PA37483.84
325Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY73983.39
326Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA47382.71
327Bay City, MI8682.50
328Prescott, AZ18781.96
329Janesville-Beloit, WI12778.25
330Erie, PA20474.31
331Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA41274.18
332Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI78474.02
333New Bern, NC9273.68
334Burlington-South Burlington, VT15972.80
335Ames, IA7071.79
336Charlottesville, VA16671.00
337Worcester, MA-CT66670.67
338Mankato-North Mankato, MN6968.36
339East Stroudsburg, PA11166.05
340Oshkosh-Neenah, WI11064.55
341Green Bay, WI20463.74
342Saginaw, MI12163.04
343Manchester-Nashua, NH25762.73
344Lancaster, PA32660.05
345Corvallis, OR5459.37
346Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH7059.20
347Bangor, ME8857.91
348Bloomington, IL10656.31
349California-Lexington Park, MD6355.92
350Lewiston-Auburn, ME5954.81
351Dubuque, IA5354.62
352Logan, UT-ID7554.35
353Appleton, WI12753.78
354Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA4351.07
355Fond du Lac, WI5250.71
356Pittsfield, MA6349.88
357Portland-South Portland, ME26249.24
358Harrisonburg, VA6649.09
359Winchester, VA-WV6647.87
360Cumberland, MD-WV4747.55
361Lebanon, PA6647.23
362Wausau, WI6245.68
363Binghamton, NY11045.41
364Johnstown, PA6045.09
365Barnstable Town, MA9644.98
366Carbondale-Marion, IL5442.99
367Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA6441.50
368Altoona, PA5141.31
369Gettysburg, PA4241.04
370Utica-Rome, NY12040.88
371Kingston, NY5932.88
372Ithaca, NY3432.44
373Sheboygan, WI3732.08
374Elmira, NY2731.56
375Williamsport, PA3530.74
376Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA5630.60
377Salisbury, MD-DE12430.55
378Glens Falls, NY3729.33
379Watertown-Fort Drum, NY3026.27
380Midland, MI2125.18
381State College, PA169.84
382Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI00

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