Anyone who has ever returned to where you thought you parked your car—only to discover it’s disappeared—can attest to what a headache it can be to track down a missing car.
If you’re lucky, your car might just have gotten towed. But car theft is more common than you might think, according to a recent report from A Secure Life. The security company analyzed likelihood of car theft in the top twenty metropolitan areas around the United States.
So in what city is your car most likely to be nabbed? Oakland, California, tops the list, with 7.08 cars stolen per 100,000 people. Home to about 412,000 people, Oakland is located the San Francisco Bay area.
You’re at much higher risk of car theft if you live in the western part of the United States, according to the report. Three quarters of the cities with the highest rates of car theft are in the West. These are the most stolen cars in America.
That’s likely because people who live in the Western states are more dependent on cars. In other parts of the country, residents may have more access to public transportation like trains and buses.
Here are the other cities that made the top ten for car theft:
- Springfield, Missouri (5.85/1,000)
- Hayward, California (5.72/1,000)
- Richmond, California (5.66/1,000)
- Portland, Oregon (5.57/1,000)
- Tacoma, Washington (5.13/1,000)
- San Bernadino, California (5.12/1,000)
- Gresham, Oregon (5.11/1,000)
- Kent, Washington (4.98/1,000)
- Independence, Missouri (4.86/1,000)
To better protect yourself from car theft, A Secure Life recommends you park in well-lit spaces, keep valuables out of your car, and don’t hide a spare key in the car. Here are 9 more tricks you can use to outsmart criminals.
The good news? The Midwest is the safest region in the country for avoiding car theft. Cleveland, Ohio, was the only city in the Midwest that made the top 20 list for stolen cars.
These are the metro areas with the least number of car thefts:
- Naperville, Illinois (.14/1,000)
- Cary, North Carolina (.15/1,000)
- Amherst Town, New York (.16/1,000)
- Lakewood Town, New Jersey (.19/1,000)
- Port St. Lucie, Florida (.24/1,000)
- Green Bay, Wisconsin (.29/1,000)
- New York, New York (.30/1,000)
- Rochester, New York (.32/1,000)
- Elgin, Illinois (.34/1,000)
- Irvine, California (.38/1,000)
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