FBI: Motor Vehicle Theft down in 2010 image

Despite a rise in demand and prices for used cars, rates for vehicle theft fell in 2010, according to a FBI report.

The number of stolen vehicles slid 7.2% last year, larcenies dropped 2.8% and burglaries fell 1.1%. that’s following the significant drops of 17.1 and 12.7 percent, respectively, for the previous two years. And the South (9.5 percent) and West (7.9 percent)—where car theft has been more of an issue for many years—showed the largest declines.
Property crimes decreased in each region of the country with a 3.8% drop in the South; a 2.7% decline in the Midwest; a 2.5% reduction in the West; and a 0.5% dip in the Northeast.
Some categories did have increases, however.
In the Northeast, murder was up 8.3 percent, rape up 1.4 percent, aggravated assault 0.7 percent and burglary 3.5 percent.
Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 people reported a 3 percent rise in murder.

The report is based on information provided by 13,007 law- enforcement agencies.