California drivers most at risk for stolen cars


Already the largest auto market in the U.S., California also received top honors for a less desirable crown: It's home to the top cities where you're most likely to have your car or truck stolen.

According to new data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Golden State is home to nine of the top 10 metropolitan area for auto thefts.

A Los Angeles police officer pulls over a car for an ownership check in the Wilshire neighborhood after a report went out of a similar model and color being stolen in Los Angeles, California.
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Analysis of auto thefts in 2013 shows the California metropolitan areas of Bakersfield, Fresno and Modesto had the highest rate of vehicle thefts when tracked on a per-capita rate.

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The lone city in the top 10 for vehicle thefts outside of California was the metropolitan area of Spokane, Washington.

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Overall, vehicle thefts fell slightly last year, according to initial analysis from the NICB, to an estimated 697,979.

Metropolitan areas with most auto thefts per capita

Rank City
4San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward
7Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington
9San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara
10Yuba City

By CNBC's Phil LeBeau

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