Talking of video games, with California topping the checklist with eight out of 10 worst cities for auto theft, it's a no-brainer as to the setting of the PlayStation game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
For a lot of non-residents, the "Golden State" appears to be a great place to reside given its continuously heat tropical local weather, quite a few celebrity occupants and a shot at stardom. Flip via a celeb magazine or tabloid and stars almost always appear to be someplace in California. Many occupy the extra glamorous cities resembling Hollywood, Montecito, Toluca Lake and Los Angeles. On the flip aspect of the glitz and glamour, California can also be known for its high crime fee, magnified by tv documentaries reminiscent of MSNBC's Lockup: Raw.
Current Violent Crime Statistics
Current nationwide crime data statistics indicate California's common crime charge is 187 (a coincidental number based mostly on its slang definition) for each sq. mile. This quantity considerably exceeds the U.S. nationwide average of 34. California may be high up on the checklist of states to reside, however given the violent crime ratio, these contemplating may need to rethink: one out of every 178 Californians is a sufferer of a violent crime.
Auto Theft Statistics
Although auto theft will not be categorized as a violent crime, the numbers are alarmingly high, especially in California. California holds 8 out of 10 spots for the ten worst cities for auto theft, up from last year's 6 out of 10. Additionally, the state's auto theft common is almost double the national average. Recent information compiled by NICB (National Insurance coverage Crime Bureau) reveals that auto theft is a worsening downside. Nevertheless, others suggest there is a lower in auto theft for the following reasons:
•Tougher legal guidelines-New and improved laws with stiffer punishments in addition to better enforcement practices have proven effective. Video and audio-equipped bait automobiles with monitoring gadgets are more typically utilized resulting in more captures. When jackers enter a bait automobile, they are recorded on video. Officers are then capable of gradual the automobile with particular distant management tools and even lock the jacker contained in the automobile earlier than apprehending.
•Improved factory-installed anti-theft units-There's a commonality among automotive manufacturers to include anti-theft devices in newer autos. Sync (Ford) and OnStar (GM) are location monitoring technologies that assist find and recover stolen cars.
•Securing vehicles-Locking doors, rolling up windows, closing convertible tops, not leaving keys in the car and parking where there's satisfactory lighting.
The data gathered to compile the record of high 10 worst cities for auto theft was taken from NICB. This nonprofit organization is located in Des Plaines, Illinois. Its mission is to deter insurance fraud and auto theft. Data was collected from population standards from the U.S. Census Bureau with zip codes tied to car crime stories for metropolitan areas.
Top 10 Worst Cities for Auto Theft
The top 10 worst cities for auto theft are as follows:
10. Yakima, Washington
9. San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, California
8. Visalia-Porterville, California
7. Stockton, California
6. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade//Roseville, California
5. Vallejo-Fairfield, California
four. Spokane, Washington
three. Bakersfield-Delano, California
2. Modesto, California
1. Fresno, California
With the very best auto theft rate at 812.forty (Fresno) for every a hundred,000 folks to the lowest rate at 29.87 (State School, PA), the numbers reveal a large gap between the top and bottom. Curiously no metropolitan areas east of the Rocky Mountains made the top 10. Laredo, TX topped the list last 12 months however did not make the present record. Spokane, Washington moved from No. 18 to No. 4, a fourteen level difference. And while Albuquerque, New Mexico noticed a lower in auto theft, making its approach off the record, Yakima, Washington also noticed a decrease and went from No. 6 to No. 10.
California's Auto Theft Rate Imbalance
Some could surprise why California is dispropo