By Kelsey Mays on October 30, 2012
In the FBI's 2011 crime statistics report released Monday, the rate of auto thefts dropped 3% from 2010. Auto thefts — attempted or successful — were 174.9 per 100,000 Americans in 2011, down from 180.3 in 2010. In 2007, it was a whopping 279.9, according to FBI data.
Auto thefts in 2011 comprised 73.9% of 2011's 715,373 motor vehicle thefts, which includes buses, motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and snowmobiles. The average loss per incident among all motor vehicles was $6,089, the agency reported.
As you might expect, rural areas had some of the lowest motor-vehicle theft rates, while cities — particularly in California — had some of the highest. Metro areas in the continental U.S. with the lowest motor-vehicle theft rates per 100,000 people:
Metro areas with the highest theft rates:
Detroit takes bottom honors as the region where motor-vehicle theft is likeliest. The Detroit News notes more than half of all car thefts in Michigan occur in Wayne County, home to Detroit and its immediate suburbs.
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