CHP: 171,000 Vehicles Stolen in Ca. in 2013, Nearly Half From SoCal Cities

"Southern California continues to be a hotbed for car thieves, with nearly half of all vehicle thefts occurring in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties," CHP officials said Monday.

Photo courtesy: California Highway Patrol.
Photo courtesy: California Highway Patrol.
The following is a news release from the California Highway Patrol: 

California saw a slight decrease in vehicle theft in 2013.  The two percent decline is a positive sign for the state, following an 11 percent surge in vehicle theft in 2012.  According to statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), more than 171,000 vehicles were stolen statewide in 2013, which is an estimated value of $1 billion.


“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.


Among the vehicles stolen last year in California, 58.9 percent were automobiles, 25.8 percent were personal trucks and vans, 4.5 percent were commercial trucks and trailers, and 4.4 percent were motorcycles.  All other vehicles (recreational, construction and farm equipment, and special construction) accounted for 6.4 percent of vehicles stolen.


Southern California continues to be a hotbed for car thieves, with nearly half of all vehicle thefts occurring in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties.  In fact, Los Angeles County accounted for nearly one quarter of all vehicle thefts.  Car thieves in Northern California, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area, accounted for 18.9 percent of all thefts.


The Honda Accord continues to be the car that thieves most love to steal, ranking as the number one stolen vehicle statewide.  Toyota pickup trucks are also popular with thieves and have consistently, since 1984, been the most frequently stolen pickup truck.


“Vehicle theft is a crime of opportunity,” added Commissioner Farrow.  “The last thing anyone should do is make it easier for or enable criminals.  The public can take a few extra precautions with their vehicles and decrease the odds of becoming a victim.”


These simple deterrents can be used to prevent vehicle thefts:


  • Park in a secure or highly visible location.
  • Lock vehicle doors.
  • Use an alarm system.
  • Do not leave a car running unattended.


For more information about vehicle theft trends and statistics noted by the CHP, the 2013 California Vehicle Theft Fact Sheet can be accessed on the home page of the CHP’s Web site at www.chp.ca.gov, in theInformation and Resources portion, under Vehicle Theft Fact Statistics.


The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.



Jeremiah June 26, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Actually it makes a lot of sense. As far as a stiff sense of humor, actually I have to give you credit, you are one of a very few who got something by me. I'm actually known as a practical joker bar none, but all people with a true sense of humor appreciate when they are the one who is gotten over on! **** As far as technical stuff, there was no intent to accuse you of maliciously posting my IP address - as you rightly say they change dynamically every time you log on and off and you can't pinpoint location, only general area, without the provider revealing it. I don't hide - everyone here knows I live in Yucaipa and rent a room also in Banning to maintain a residence there as well, as most of my political connections are there. People regularly try to say I don't exist or that I'm using a pseudonym but that falls apart because too many people here have actually met me and I use my real name. I hope you keep posting and commenting here - more and more real people are beginning to use the Patch and actively exposing and driving out the trolls and rude venomous people using the Patch as their personal sandbox. **** Have a great day - I have to be gone for a bit fixing a window someone or something broke on my Toyota Tacoma last night. Does that answer your question? Kind of curious - they broke the only window which was in the light (spotlight 15' away) didn't move or take anything, door still locked, no fingerprints or marks in the dust - I'm actually not even sure someone did it. Glass only went directly down - not a single piece outside or more than 12" inside the vehicle. For all I can tell a miniature meteorite swooped out of the sky and dusted it! **** Jeremiah
Christopher June 26, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Jeremiah, is that your truck in the photo up above at the opening of this topic. I deleted my post which border lined the Metaphysical. Maybe something is trying to get your attention? (-.
Jeremiah June 27, 2014 at 09:03 AM
No, not my truck. As far as the metaphysical, I am aware of those lines of thought - one of my best friends is seriously into that and we discuss the differences between those beliefs and the Christian beliefs all the time. I personally am an outside the box Christian who feels most churches have robbed the message of it's power by compartmentalizing it and turning houses of worship into little more than social clubs. I'm not into seeing demons under every bush or seeing ultimate meaning in everything that happens - that way lies madness. **** What got my attention is the ridiculous prices they charge now for a piece of glass. I had to replace that same window in 2006 3 days after I bought the vehicle, and the cost now is almost exactly double from the same company. So much for our leaders telling us there is low inflation and really we are in better shape than we've ever been. **** You're into music - here's an odd one to make your day!! **http://www.loopinsight.com/2014/06/05/what-to-do-once-youve-finished-all-the-beer/?utm_source=loopinsight.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Feed:+loopinsight/KqJb+%28The+Loop%29&utm_content=FeedBurner **** Jeremiah
Christopher June 27, 2014 at 02:24 PM
That was fun, I saved it because it is natural music. I myself do not own any music CD's. As far as metaphysical thinking goes I am not sure of anything, though I have been accused of writing that way. There is an event that may occur soon and it relates to "Good Vibrations". If it comes together, remember this post and yes I will accept the honorary title of being a Metaphysician. I have a private webpage that explains more about my experience and my ten year theremin journey.
Jeremiah June 27, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Yes, I am aware of that and the shift that is occurring. I feel it is also spoken of in the Bible but people fail to see it. I think there is more in common between the views than is usually agreed upon. My only problem with metaphysical lines of thought is that most don't account for evil, which obviously exists (or I wouldn't have a broken window!). That is changing, though, as things progress. **** I own very few music cd's myself - except for Alan Parsons Project which I have collected all of. On my way to get my window fixed - when I get back I will attempt to contact you by e-mail and send you a couple of other music links I think you will find fascinating! Have a great day! **** Jeremiah


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