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Top 10 Cities for Auto Thefts in the United States

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Car Thefts on the Rise in Certain Cities

You would think that with the pandemic still going on across the United States, we’d see a general decline in all crime categories as people focus on keeping themselves safe. Although numbers have dropped in violent crime, property crime, and drug-related crime cases, auto thefts have dramatically risen in certain cities. Some of these cases could be attributed to the high unemployment rates, forcing some of those who are impoverished and jobless to resort to thievery to support their needs and those of their families.

 

What Are the Top 10 Cities for Auto Thefts?

The last thing you want is to step outside your house or any office or store you just visited, only to find out that your car has been stolen. If you live in any of these top 10 cities for auto thefts, Goodwill Car Donations suggests that you do all you can to not make it easy for professional car thieves to steal your wheels.

  1. Oakland, California

If you live in or near Oakland, California, it would be wise to make sure that your car insurance is up-to-date. According to Madison.com, Oakland has a motor vehicle theft rate of 1,199 per 100,000 people. Moreover, the city’s average annual motor vehicle theft cases number 5,202 while its overall property theft rate is at 5,874 for every 100,000 people.

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Albuquerque metropolitan area has the second-highest per-capita rate of car theft in the country. Its motor vehicle theft rate is at 1,170 for every 100,000 people while its annual average number of motor vehicle thefts is 6,575. The city’s overall property theft rate is at 4,507 per 100,000 people.

  1. Detroit, Michigan

To address the city’s motor vehicle theft rate of 1,080 per 100,000 people and 7,165 average annual motor vehicle thefts, the police authorities in Detroit have decided to assume most towing duties after banning a company from the towing rotation.

  1. Portland, Oregon

For a city with a violent crime rate that’s as high as 522 per 100,000 people, it won’t be surprising to find out that Portland comes up fourth in the list of cities that have high rates of auto theft. With a motor vehicle theft rate of 1,040 for every 100,000 people, Portland has an average number of annual motor vehicle thefts of about 6,886.

  1. San Bernardino, California

San Bernardino has a motor vehicle theft rate of 1,007 for every 100,000 people. With an average number of motor vehicle thefts at 2,183 per year, this county seat of San Bernardino County in California takes the 5th place for cities in the U.S. with the highest auto theft rates.

  1. Louis, Missouri

Being the second-largest city in the state of Missouri, St. Louis also comes up 6th in the list of car theft capitals in the United States. Its motor vehicle theft rate is at 938 per 100,000 individuals while its average number of motor vehicle thefts is 2,820 per year.

  1. Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage happens to be a unified municipal consolidated city-borough in the state of Alaska. With a population of only 291,538, its motor vehicle theft rate is a whopping 864 per 100,000 people and its average number of annual motor vehicle thefts is 2,486.

  1. Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that also serves as the county seat of Washington’s Pierce County. Aside from being the epicenter of business activity for the region, Tacoma takes 8th place in the list of cities for auto thefts with a motor vehicle theft rate of about 852 per 100,000 people. Its average number of motor vehicle thefts per year is 1,863.

  1. Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri with a total population of 495,278, according to the United States Census Bureau. The city has a motor vehicle theft rate of 836 for every 100,000 people and its average number of motor vehicle thefts annually is 4,147.

  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma

When it comes to crime rates, Tulsa generally has one of the highest ones in the country. For this reason, it wouldn’t be surprising to know that the city’s annual motor vehicle theft rate is at 809 for every 100,000 individuals.

 

Donate Your Vehicle to Help the Needy in Your Community

If you have an old car that you no longer want to use for whatever reason, you can still give it a most worthy purpose by donating it to us here at Goodwill Car Donations. We’ll use it to impact the lives of the disadvantaged individuals in your community. They are those men and women who are burdened with disabilities, lack of education, skills, or job experience, and other personal issues that make it difficult for them to land decent jobs and attain a poverty-free life.

We’ll sell your car at an auction and use the proceeds to fund the vital life-enhancement programs of the Goodwill organizations serving your area. Thanks to your contribution, needy people in your community will be able to receive job training and employment opportunities, scholarships, livelihood assistance, disability benefits, and other critical community-building support services.

Before you know it, these folks will reach their full potential and turn into the productive and financially independent individuals that they’ve always strived to be. 

Expect a 100% tax-deductible sales receipt in your mailbox a few weeks after your vehicle’s auction. You’ll need it to claim your top tax deduction in the next tax-filing season.

You’ll also benefit from the professional towing service that we’ll provide you, and this will cost you nothing.

Best of all, your gift will allow you to savor the satisfaction of having served your community by helping empower your less fortunate neighbors.

You can donate almost any type of vehicle. In most cases, we accept even vehicles that are no longer in good running condition. You can make your donation wherever you’re residing in the country since our vehicle donation program covers all 50 states.

For more information on our vehicle donation program, particularly our quick and easy donation process and tax deductions, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any inquiries, call us at our toll-free hotline at 866-233-8586. You may also drop us a message here and we’ll respond to you promptly.

 

Give Your Clunker a Great Purpose Today!

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Even if your car is already old, it’s still a big loss if you let thieves steal it. Donate it to Goodwill Car Donations instead. We’ll use it to enhance the lives of your struggling neighbors while allowing you to enjoy a most satisfactory donating experience. Start your donation process by calling 866-233-8586 or filling out our online donation form now!