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L.A. County: Home of One-Quarter of All Stolen Cars in State

Overall, auto thefts were down 3 percent last year.

Photo courtesy the California Highway Patrol.
Photo courtesy the California Highway Patrol.

Vehicle thefts throughout California dropped last year, but Los Angeles had the most of any county in the state – 24.4 percent of all cars stolen, according to figures released today.

The California Highway Patrol's final statistics on auto thefts for 2013 show 171,036 cars, light trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, commercial trucks and trailers were stolen statewide, representing a roughly 2 percent decline from 2012. Combined, the purloined vehicles had a value of more than $1 billion.

L.A. saw 41,811 thefts, but that’s 2.9 percent lower than 2012, according to the CHP.

The statewide recovery rate for stolen autos last year was 89 percent; in Los Angeles, it was 88 percent, according to the CHP.

The CHP said 64 percent of recovered vehicles were "intact and in drivable condition." The remaining recoveries had major parts missing or had been badly damaged.

"A combination of advances in technology, aggressive police work by all law enforcement agencies involved in joint auto theft task forces, and preventative measures by the public are making it more difficult for thieves to steal a vehicle," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

Just under 50 percent of statewide vehicle thefts in 2013 occurred in Southern California.

Cars, mainly the compact variety, represented the most favored target of thieves. According to the CHP, the Honda Accord -- model years 1995, 1996 and 1997 -- ranked at the top.

--City News Service

Patch Editor Penny Arévalo contributed to this report. 

Dave Beck June 24, 2014 at 02:01 AM
Since LA County represents 26.1% of California's census (estimated as of 2013), it would appear that it is doing better than the rest of the state, if it is only experiencing 24.4% of car thefts. This article appears to be a non-issue….
Glenn E Grab June 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM
good call, Dave
Glenn E Grab June 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM
good call, Dave
Wolfman June 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I have lived in the South Bay for over 50 years and never had my car, truck or motorcycle stolen but I also use my head as to where I park and secure them.
Genv Erac June 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM
that's funny I just read an article on 10 top cities to have your car stolen from. and 9 were in northern cali,1 was in Washington state. there was no cities listed for any southern cali location that recorded above average car thefts. so how can LA county be home to 25% of stolen car totals for the state??


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