Thievery thrives in Libtopia.
With more than 7,000 car thefts in 2016, the Bakersfield area had the highest rate of vehicle thefts in California, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report released Thursday. Bakersfield ranked third in the nation after Albuquerque, which took the No. 1 spot, and Pueblo, Colo.
The annual Hot Spots report analyzes vehicle theft data from the National Crime Information Center for each of the nation’s densely populated areas.
The ranking takes population into account, which is why an area such as Billings, Mont., with 877 thefts, can place much higher than Los Angeles, which had 60,670 thefts.
Other California metro areas in the top 10 include Modesto, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Merced, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward and Fresno.
Source: LA Times