Modesto, Calif., the city that inspired the coming-of-age film American Graffiti, is the nation's top hot spot for car theft.
The worst metro areas for car theft:
- Modesto, Calif.
- Fresno, Calif.
- Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.
- Stockton, Calif.
- Yakima, Wash.
- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
- Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.
- Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.
- Redding, Calif.
The Central Valley city and the surrounding Stanislaus County area posted the highest rate of vehicle thefts per capita of any area of the country in 2012, according to the latest "Hot Spots" report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill.
Modesto was one of eight California metropolitan statistical areas to make this year's top 10 list, which is based on preliminary FBI vehicle theft statistics for 2012. (Metropolitan statistical areas, designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, often include areas larger than the cities for which they're named.) Yakima, Wash., and the Spokane and Spokane Valley, Wash., areas were the only two places outside the Golden State to make the top 10.The Midland, Mich., area had the lowest car theft rate in the country, followed by State College, Penn., Glens Falls, N.Y., Ithaca, N.Y., and the Salisbury, Md., areas.