San Diego 15th in Car Thefts

By Heathre Decou
|  Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011  |  Updated 9:27 AM PDT
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San Diego ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to car thefts according to a report released Tuesday.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports 14,279 car thefts in San Diego last year. That's about 461 thefts for every 100,000 people.

California dominated the top 10 list of hot spots, with eight of the nation's top 10 car theft areas.

Fresno's number one, followed by Modesto and Bakersfield.

To keep your car from being stolen, police say you should use a steering wheel locking device, park in well-lit areas, remove valuables from view and invest in alarms and GPS vehicle locating devices.
 

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