Bakersfield listed as 'hot spot' for car thefts

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 11:45:05-04

If you own a car in Bakersfield, you might want to consider keeping an extra eye on it or adding more security to it.

New numbers from the National Insurance Crime Bureau show Bakersfield as a 'hot spot' for car thefts. In fact, per capita, Bakersfield is No. 3 in the nation when it comes to stolen cars. 

According to the report, there were 6,000 car thefts in Bakersfield in 2015. That breaks down to about 680 per 100,000 thousand residents. Per capita, that's the third-highest in the country. The figures represent a decline for Bakersfield over the last three years. In 2013, Bakersfield was the worst in the nation for car thefts, with 725 per 100,000. In 2014, the city was second in the United States with 595 per 100,000. 

Modesto had the highest number of car thefts, per capita, with 756 per 100,000 in 2015. Albuquerque, New Mexico was second in the nation with 733. 

Overall, Los Angeles had the most total car thefts with more than 57,000 in 2015.