If you live in the greater Sacramento area your chances of having you car stolen is among the highest in the country. A new study released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau put Sacramento at No. 6 for likelihood of auto theft in the entire nation in 2010. That’s up from No. 11 in 2009.
Reasons given by officials for the local high car theft rate include the poor economy and meth users who need to make quick cash. It is also very common for thieves to steal a car just to get across town. That practice is referred to as “bus-ride theft.”
In Sacramento county over 9,500 cars were stolen in 2010, an average of one every 60 minutes. Amazingly, 8,900 of them were recovered. Data about the state of those recovered vehicles, such as if they were stripped or crashed, was not available.
Nationwide the most often stolen cars are (in order), the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Silverado, Dodge Charger, Chevy Avalanche, Infiniti G37 Coupe, GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Nissan Maxima, Hummer H2, GMC Yukon XL 4WD and the Chevy Tahoe.
If you own anyone of these cars in Sacramento you’re basically rolling the dice every time you park your car outside.
It could be worse. You could live in Fresno.