Auto thefts drop statewide


Car theft in California is at its lowest level in 10 years.


In 2008, there was a 12.2 percent drop in vehicle thefts statewide, according to the California Highway Patrol. That’s the third year in a row auto theft was down. But more needs to be done, said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.


“Even with the decrease in vehicle theft, the economic loss to Californians continues to exceed $1 billion,” he said. “With the continued efforts of California law enforcement community, the insurance industry and vehicle owners statewide, there’s still more work to be done.”


Of the 199,766 vehicles reported stolen last year, 86.8 percent were found, according to the CHP.


Hondas and Toyotas continue to be popular models car thieves snatch, the agency reported. Toyota pickups have been ranked the most frequently stolen vehicle since 1984, officials said.


To protect your vehicle from thieves, the CHP suggests the following:

  • Park in a well-lit, populated area.
  • Don’t warm up or leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Consider a visible or audible device that indicates your vehicle is protected.
  • Look into installing an immobilizing device to prevent thieves from hot wiring your automobile.
  • Perhaps install a tracking device in your vehicle. They have been quite effective in helping law enforcement locate stolen vehcicles.
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One Response to Auto thefts drop statewide

  1. jarbee says:

    Is there any correlation to the decrease in illegal immigration? Seems like in a bad economy auto theft would increase.

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