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Auto thefts decline in the Valley


The rate of auto thefts in the Youngstown Warren Metropolitan Area declined last year according to figures released by the Ohio Insurance Institute.

The institute says that 11 of the 14 Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Areas included in a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) report show a decrease in auto thefts in 2013.

The Valley is eighth in the rankings of Ohio cities based on its auto theft rate of nearly 150 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population. It ranks 180th on NICB’s national list (177th in 2012, and 185th in 2011).

831 auto thefts were reported in the Youngstown Warren area in 2013, 910 in 2012, and 901 in 2011.

Cleveland remains the top Ohio city based on its auto theft rate of over 300 vehicles stolen per 100,000 in population.

Toledo ranks 105th nationally with the second highest auto theft rate in the state, followed by Dayton at 112th. Rounding out Ohio’s top five cities based on auto thefts for 2013 are Columbus at 114th and Springfield with a national ranking of 130th. Of these five, Cleveland and Springfield reported increases in auto thefts between 2012–13 while the others experienced theft decreases.

The NICB estimates a 3.2% decrease in US auto thefts in 2013, following a 1.2% increase in 2012. The 2012 US auto theft increase was the first since 2003, which ended an eight-year run of consecutive decreases.

According to the NICB, nine of the 10 top spots for auto theft are in California, with the Bakersfield Metro area toping the list.

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