Redding ranks among the top 10 American cities for auto thefts, jumping from #40 in 2011 to #10 in 2012.
On Monday, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its annual Hot Spots vehicle theft report and California dominates once again. Hot Spots is a per capita review of vehicle thefts from the nation's metropolitan statistical areas (MSA).
Preliminary 2012 FBI figures estimate a 1.3 percent increase in 2012 thefts from the previous year.
Not surprisingly, eight of the top 10 areas are in California with the remaining two from the state of Washington.
The West region, defined by the FBI as the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming saw a 10.6 percent increase in vehicle thefts from 2011.
The 10 metropolitian areas with the highest vehicle theft rates were:
1. Modesto, Calif.
2. Fresno, Calif.
3. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.
4. Stockton, Calif.
5. Yakima, Wash.
6. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif.
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
8. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.
9. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.
10. Redding, Calif.
The common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:
·Remove your keys from the ignition
· Lock your doors /close your windows
· Park in a well-lit area