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ABQ Second Highest For Auto Theft

ABQ Second Highest For Auto Theft

The area had 6,657 thefts last year for a rate of 733.71 per 100,000 people, the NICB said. That was second only to Modesto, Calif., which had 4,072 thefts, for a rate of 756.33 per 100,000 people.

 

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

Lock your car if you live in the Albuquerque metro area. Really.

The four-county metro region had the second highest rate of vehicle thefts in the nation in 2015, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The area had 6,657 thefts last year for a rate of 733.71 per 100,000 people, the NICB said. That was second only to Modesto, Calif., which had 4,072 thefts, for a rate of 756.33 per 100,000 people.

California is car thief heaven. The state had eight metro areas in the top 10 places for the highest rates of vehicle thefts.

The NCIB looked at the theft rates for 380 metro areas, and New Mexico’s three other major metro areas didn’t fare that well.

Las Cruces ranked 127th with 442 thefts for a rate of 206.26 per 100,000. Farmington placed 132nd with 242 thefts and a rate of 203.81. And Santa Fe ranked 189th with 238 thefts and a rate of 160.07.

The safest place for a vehicle was the State College, Pennsylvania area, which had 36 thefts for a rate of 22.32 per 100,000 people.

What can you do to keep your vehicle from being stolen? Some of the usual things. Lock the doors, close the windows and remove the keys from the ignition. Alarms, steering column collars and wheel locks also help, the NICB said. So do fuse cut-offs and kill switches.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.
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  • Anne
    June 7, 2016, 9:32 am

    And don’t forget the jerks who break into your vehicle to steal whatever they can get their hands on – remember to remove anything of value from the inside of your car! Roll up the windows and lock your vehicle, even if it is sitting in your driveway!

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  • Daniel
    June 7, 2016, 11:31 am

    Another #NMTrue statistic!

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  • https://locksmithtoronto365.com/
    June 14, 2017, 12:33 am

    In my opinion you overlook a problem. In Toronto there are also plenty of similar cases. As far as my work even last year i managed to deal with twenty cars thiefs failed to steal.. Only one locksmith in all GTA. And i`m not talking about statistics of number of cars being stolen sucessfully

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