We’re number one!

Car thieves in Modesto, Calif. can proudly wave their big foam fingers once again, as the Modesto area has reclaimed the number one ranking in the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual list of areas with the highest per capita rate of vehicle thefts in the U.S.

Modesto’s 5,358 auto thefts in 2007 propelled it to the top of the list, according to the NICB, a spot the region last held in 2005 before slipping to fifth in the 2006 ranking.

Following Modesto on the list was Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., slipping to second in 2007 after holding the top spot in 2006. Rounding out the top 10 were San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos, Calif.; Stockton, Calif.; San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif.; Laredo, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Ariz.; Yakima, Wash.; and Tucson, Ariz.

Among the big movers in this year’s ranking were the San Diego/Carlsbad/San Marcos region, leaping to the third spot in 2007’s ranking from number 11 in 2006; San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, moving up to number five in 2007 from 12 in 2006; and Laredo, making a big jump to six in 2007 from 22 the year before.

Some positive news, according to the NICB, according to preliminary FBI data, 2007 stands to be the fourth straight year of a decline in vehicle thefts nationwide, down 7.4% from 2006, according to those preliminary statistics.

On a completely different note, I’ll be attending the annual conference of the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. next week in San Diego (I’ll be leaving my car at home), and I do plan to post to the blog from the conference.



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