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S.F. jumps up automobile theft list to number 22

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  • 8/23 SF Examiner
    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
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      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
      year.

      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.


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