The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reported that 2010 continued the trend of declining national vehicle thefts for the seventh consecutive year. While the top five hot spots for 2010 showed an increase in thefts over the previous year, the other areas on the top 10 list actually had fewer thefts.

For 2010, the 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) with the highest vehicle theft rates were:

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Anyone with information concerning insurance fraud or vehicle theft can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 800.TEL.NICB (800.835.6422) or submitting a form on our website.

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: Headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to combatting and preventing insurance crime through Intelligence, Analytics, and Operations; Education and Crime Prevention; and Strategy, Policy, and Advocacy. The NICB is supported by more than 1,200 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations. NICB member companies wrote over $582 billion in insurance premiums in 2021, or more than 82% of the nation's property-casualty insurance. That includes more than 96% of the nation's personal auto insurance. To learn more, visit

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2010 Ranking Metropolitan Statistical Area 2009 Ranking
1 Fresno, Calif. 5
2 Modesto, Calif. 2
3 Bakersfield-Delano, Calif. 3
4 Spokane, Wash. 18
5 Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif. 16
6 Sacramento/Arden-Arcade/Roseville, Calif. 11
7 Stockton, Calif. 4
8 Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 8
9 San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, Calif. 7
10 Yakima, Wash. 6