Fremont auto thefts declining

In response to news that Fremont’s corridor with Oakland and San Jose ranks 9th nationally in auto thefts, the police department released statistics today showing that auto thefts — and depending on how you read their headline, the nation as a whole — are on the decline.

Overall the Nation reports a continued seven year trend of decline – by following some precautions, you can help continue this trend.

A report issued earlier this week by the National Insurance Crime Bureau ranked the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area as the ninth highest metropolitan area in the nation for auto thefts (stolen vehicles). While the region is listed in the top ten, only the top five areas reported an actual increase in auto theft. The report states, “2010 continued the trend of declining national vehicle thefts for the seventh consecutive year.” The report focused on 366 metropolitan areas based on the number of vehicle thefts per 100,000 people. While our metropolitan area and many other parts of California ranked high, Fremont has had more than a 40% decrease in auto thefts over the last five years.

Auto thefts reported in Fremont are as follows:

2006 – 860 vehicle thefts
2007 – 775 vehicle thefts
2008 – 707 vehicle thefts
2009 – 552 vehicle thefts
2010 – 490 vehicle thefts

More on the article (NICB Report Shows Vehicle Thefts Driven Down—Again) can be found at:

You can greatly increase your protection against vehicle theft by following these sensible precautions:

– Don’t leave your car unattended while warming it up.

– Use a steering wheel locking device.

– Invest in a GPS vehicle locating device.

– Lock your doors, trunk and/or tailgate and roll up the windows when you leave the car.

– When you park the car, remove all valuable possessions from the car. Do not leave gift-wrapped packages, cameras or any valuables lying on the seat of your car.

– At night, park in well-lighted areas.

– Use an alarm device which will activate a siren, horn or lights to frighten the thief away.

Matt Artz