Claims News Service, May 9, 10:28 a.m. EDT — The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently published “Hot Spots,” its annual report on auto theft rates. With six cities in California ranking in the top 10, statistics illustrated that the farther West one goes, the higher the theft rates are.

The report indicates that 2005 was the second consecutive year of decreases nationally in vehicle theft. According to the NICB, preliminary FBI data showed a 2.1 percent decrease in motor vehicle thefts during January-June 2005, when compared with the same period in 2004.

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