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July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
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August 24, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The car stolen most often in the U.S. last year - as it has been for the fourth year in a row - is the 1994 Honda Accord, according to the annual Hot Wheels report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Next, thieves like to go for a 1998 Honda Civic, according to the report from the nonprofit group, which focuses on theft and insurance fraud prevention. Honda vehicles have been the two most popular autos for such criminals since 2005.   For the first time in at least a decade, the Toyota Camry wasn't among the top three.
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February 26, 1998 | ROBERT GAMMON
Police are warning Simi Valley residents about a rash of vehicle thefts in recent weeks. Thieves have snatched 17 vehicles in the city in just the past 14 days, and only four of the stolen autos have been recovered--three of them in Los Angeles, Simi Valley Police Lt. Don Austin said Wednesday. Nearly half of the thefts have been of General Motors sport utility vehicles or pickup trucks. Most of the thefts have been at night from residential neighborhoods throughout the city.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
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April 3, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Two Ventura County men suspected in a crime spree have been arrested by sheriff's deputies in Camarillo. Dustin Fleming, 22, of Camarillo and Brad Miller, 21, of Simi Valley were taken into custody last week on suspicion of auto theft and possessing stolen property after officers received a complaint that Fleming was illegally connected to cable television service. Investigators said they found property in Fleming's Rosewood Avenue apartment stolen from two storage sheds in the complex.
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January 31, 2000 | HOLLY WOLCOTT
Mark Twain once said, "There are three kinds of lies--lies, damned lies and statistics." While number crunching can be an honest way for law enforcement officials to determine whether the crime rate has gone up or down, the numbers don't explain why crimes occur or how to prevent them. A majority of vehicle thefts, for example, are crimes of opportunity and can be prevented with common sense.
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July 22, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Vehicle thefts in California dropped 12% in 2008 over the previous year, the California Highway Patrol announced Tuesday. Of the 199,766 vehicles stolen last year, more than half were cars, followed by trucks and vans and, finally, motorcycles. About 9% of the thefts were described as RVs, commercial vehicles and farm equipment. About 86% of the vehicles stolen were recovered. More than half of those recovered were found operational or intact, CHP officials said. Topping the list of most frequently stolen cars in 2008 was the 1991 Honda Accord.
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February 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The California Highway Patrol estimates that about 298,000 vehicles were stolen in 1990--an increase of less than 1% from 1989. "Compared to the 16.1% average annual increase in stolen vehicles during the previous five-year period, I believe that this small percentage increase for 1990 is a very dramatic improvement," Commissioner Maury Hannigan said.
NEWS
August 26, 1985
Vehicle theft in California has increased 12% since last year and the most popular targets are Toyota and Nissan pickup trucks, the Highway Patrol reported. There were 87,898 vehicle thefts in the first six months of this year compared with 78,774 for the same period in 1984, the CHP said. Thefts of trucks increased by 20% while those of recreational vehicles declined by 14%. Authorities recovered 88% of all stolen vehicles in the first half of this year, compared with 87% in 1984.
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July 29, 1990 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of car thefts in Ventura County so far this year has increased about 6% over the same period last year, but some cities are reporting much higher increases and are scrambling for ways to put the brakes on the problem. Oxnard police said there has been a 23% increase in car thefts from January through July 1, compared with the same period last year. Simi Valley police report a 20% increase for the six-month period.
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September 14, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau
The nation's crime rate dropped 5% last year, continuing a 20-year trend that has cut the incidence of major crimes nearly in half, according to FBI statistics . Crime experts have cited several possible explanations for the falling crime rate, including better policing, a swelling of the prison population, the decline of the crack cocaine epidemic and an aging population. But regardless of the reason, crime fell sharply during the 1990s and has declined gradually since then.
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July 22, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Vehicle thefts in California dropped 12% in 2008 over the previous year, the California Highway Patrol announced Tuesday. Of the 199,766 vehicles stolen last year, more than half were cars, followed by trucks and vans and, finally, motorcycles. About 9% of the thefts were described as RVs, commercial vehicles and farm equipment. About 86% of the vehicles stolen were recovered. More than half of those recovered were found operational or intact, CHP officials said. Topping the list of most frequently stolen cars in 2008 was the 1991 Honda Accord.
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February 6, 2008 | Gregory W. Griggs
Despite a drop in violent crime, the city experienced a jump in vehicle-related thefts last year, which resulted in an overall 11% increase in serious crimes for 2007, city officials said. Auto thefts jumped nearly 39% to 222 incidents, while thefts of valuables from vehicles helped push larcenies up 17% to 1,729 incidents, according to police crime statistics. Violent crime was down 9% overall last year, officials said. There were two murders, one less than in 2006; and 20 rapes, one less than the previous year.
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August 18, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley saw a significant drop in violent crime during the first half of the year, but a spike in grand theft and auto theft caused a more than 17% increase in serious crimes, according to a new report. One homicide and nine sexual assaults -- the same as last year -- were reported, while aggravated assaults dropped from 55 to 43, a nearly 22% decline. Burglaries dropped from 221 to 205, and arson cases fell from 13 to 3. But property crimes jumped dramatically.
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March 23, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Car theft is a big enough problem without motorists making it easier for thieves by leaving their cars running unattended on the street. To help remind Oxnard residents that this practice is both careless and punishable by a fine in the city, a task force of 15 police officers fanned out before dawn Thursday, citing 41 offenders in about two hours. "It happens every day," said Det. Enrique Alvarez, Oxnard's auto theft investigator.
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February 7, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
An arrest warrant for actor Daniel Baldwin was ordered Tuesday after he failed to show up in a Newport Beach courtroom to be arraigned on charges of stealing a friend's sport utility vehicle, court officials said. Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Polos ordered the warrant for the 46-year-old brother of actors Alec, William and Stephen Baldwin.
NEWS
April 14, 1988
Nearly 250,000 vehicles were stolen in California during 1987, 11% more than the year before. The California Highway Patrol reported that the 231,452 stolen vehicles--about one out of every 99 vehicles registered in the state--were worth an estimated $820 million. The sharpest increase in vehicle thefts was reported in San Diego County, with 35.5% more than in 1986. Los Angeles County reported the largest number of vehicles stolen, 107,414.
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June 28, 1999 | JERRY HICKS
Motor vehicle thefts are down in Orange County, new crime statistics show. But don't be fooled by numbers: vehicle crime remains a major headache for police--and its victims. In the county's eight largest cities last year, nearly 8,000 vehicles were reported stolen. Santa Ana showed 2,456 vehicle thefts, Anaheim 1,627. Even pristine Irvine shows a vehicle theft per day.
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November 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police shot and wounded a car theft suspect in Garden Grove on Tuesday evening after he led officers on a chase in a stolen sport-utility vehicle, authorities reported. The suspect, whose name was not available, was in stable condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange, said Garden Grove Lt. Mike Hanfield. The chase began when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted a reportedly stolen car on the southbound Santa Ana Freeway at Artesia Boulevard about 5:40 p.m., said CHP Officer Tariq Johnson.
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November 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A 6-month-old boy who was in a car when a thief stole it in Monticello was found unharmed about 25 miles from where the vehicle was taken the previous evening, authorities said. Ja-Marquez Izhaun Pringle was still in a car seat in the back of the 1998 Ford Taurus when it was located by a Leon County sheriff's deputy, Sheriff's Lt. Silas Lewis said. The car was parked at a Tallahassee housing project. No arrests had been made.
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