[Ed. – So liberals are good at something.]
California cities — especially those in the Central Valley — topped the list of metropolitan areas with the highest automobile theft rates last year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Bakersfield topped the national list, followed by Fresno, Modesto, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Stockton-Lodi region and Redding.
Spokane, Wash., was seventh nationally and the only city in the top 10 outside of California. It was followed by the Vallejo-Fairfield region, San Jose and Yuba City.
California historically places high in the insurance group’s annual rankings, but this is the first time that the Golden State has been home to nine of the 10 localities with the highest per capita vehicle theft rates. In 2012 it held eight of the top 10 spots, and in 2011 seven, according to the report.
Bakersfield had a rate of 725 thefts per 100,000 residents last year, Fresno 707 and Modesto 678. San Francisco came in at 649 and Stockton was 634.