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  • jeyebolt2003 jeyebolt2003 Aug 2, 2011 10:18 AM Flag

    Steal for parts

    Why else would someone steal a 1991 Accord.
    August 2, 2011 - 5:20 AM EDT

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    Honda, Toyota lead stolen cars in California, U.S.
    Aug. 02--History has shown that Californians really like the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry.

    Those feelings apparently are shared by car thieves -- not only in the Golden State but nationwide.

    The three passenger car models topped both the state and U.S. lists of the most stolen vehicles in 2010, according to data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

    Unfortunately, the statistics mean a lot in the Central Valley.

    In June, the NICB released a report showing that the cities of Sacramento, Fresno, Modesto and Stockton were among the worst in the United States for stolen vehicles.

    The Fresno area topped the nation with 7,559 thefts in 2010, equating to 8.12 thefts per 1,000 in population. Sacramento was No. 6 nationwide with 11,881 thefts, equating to 5.53 thefts per 1,000.

    NICB data are based on reports from law-enforcement agencies.

    Frank Scafidi, an NICB spokesman, noted that 2010 car thefts nationwide actually were down 7.2 percent from 2009, but California stands out as a hotbed of car theft in the statistics.

    "There are just so many vehicles in California and so many people; that's a big part of it," Scafidi said.

    In California, the 10 most stolen vehicles in 2010 were, in order: 1991 Honda Accord, 1995 Honda Civic, 1989 Toyota Camry, 1994 Acura Integra, 1994 Nissan Sentra, 2003 Toyota Corolla, 1999 Chevrolet full-size pickup, 1997 Nissan Altima, 1995 Saturn SL and 1988 Toyota 4X2 pickup.

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