According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), 2009 was the sixth consecutive year in which car theft declined in the United States.
Of the 366 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) within the US, 304 (83 percent) reported lower car theft rates than those in 2008. Once final figures are tabulated later this year, vehicle theft may be shown to have dropped as much as 18 percent.
While some cities remained stable or shifted slightly in the rankings (Laredo, TX went from number 2 to number 1 this year), some areas have seen drastically reduced local incidences of theft. Yakima, WA dropped from number 3 on the 2008 list to number 6 this year, and Albuquerque, NM went from 8th to 10th.
“This is great news on the vehicle theft front,” said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and chief executive officer. “Six straight years of vehicle theft reductions are the result of a lot of hard work on the part of law enforcement, prosecutors, legislators, NICB member companies, NICB personnel and insurance industry trade groups who have contributed expertise and energy to have an impact on this crime.”
[via Business Fleet]
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