Claims News Service, Apr. 24, 9:39 a.m. EDT — The National Insurance Crime Bureau released its annual “Hot Spots” report on auto theft rates today, with western states continuing their long-standing tradition of hosting the hot beds of auto theft for the U.S.

Although Las Vegas, Nev., overtook the number one position as the “hot spot” capital of auto theft in the nation, California cities continued to dominate the national list with five of its cities/regions ranked in the top 10 spots. Stockton, Calif., was ranked number two, Visalia/Porterville was ranked number three, the Sacramento region was ranked number seven, and Fresno came in at number eight. But there was a silver lining of sorts for the state. Modesto, Calif., which has been ranked the number one city in auto thefts per capita for the last three years, dropped down to the number five ranking.

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