S.F. jumps up automobile theft list to number 22
- Published Tuesday, August 23, 2005, in the San Francisco Examiner
S.F. jumps up automobile theft list
By Marisa Lagos
San Francisco ranks No. 22 on a list of 336 metropolitan areas with
high car theft rates, according to a report detailing 2004 statistics,
as California tops the list as the number one state to where an
automobile will be stolen.
Cities in San Mateo County did not make the unenviable list of high
theft areas released today, but the Oakland area -- which in this
report includes both Alameda and Contra Costa counties -- breezed into
the top 10 at number six, one position higher than in 2003.
San Francisco's numbers increased dramatically from 2003 to 2004,
launching The City up from No. 37 on the list in 2003 to No. 22 last
Nationwide, car thefts were down 2.6 percent from 2003, according to
the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which culled its numbers from the
National Crime Information Center. The drop was not as apparent in
California, however, home to seven of the nation's top automobile
crime areas. The No. 1 area to steal cars: Stanislaus County, home to
Modesto and only about 500,000 people, also topped the 2003 list.
Up to 85 percent of car thefts are opportunistic crimes, according to
California Highway Patrol Captain Adam Cuevas, so Modesto's bad luck
could be just that.