Fresno County draws travelers to its amazing Blossom Trail each spring when fruit trees erupt with color, but the area claims a dubious distinction too: vehicle theft capital of the United States.
California cities claimed seven of the top 10 spots where cars, trucks and vans were most often stolen nationwide in 2011, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Fresno, Modesto and the Bakersfield-Delano area claimed the three top spots for vehicle thefts last year for the second year in a row, according to the organization's Hot Spots 2011 report released last month. And the statistics include rental cars too, though they aren't recorded under a separate category.
The theft figures represent broad metropolitan areas (for example, Fresno includes all of Fresno County), and the number of thefts are calculated on a per capita basis to compensate for big cities vs. small cities.