Car theft has for many years been a major contributor of claims to auto insurance companies. 2010 shows a different trend in how many cars are being stolen and it’s good news for car consumers. A recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau showed that less people were submitting claims for stolen cars in 2010. This could mean lower auto insurance rates over time if this trend continues.
Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed that reported car thefts went down 7.2% in 2010 when compared to 2009. The National Insurance Crime Bureau points out that there are areas in the country that had more car theft, but overall it was down. Fresno, California was on the top of the list for high car thefts and in 2009 it only ranked 5th. Modesto and Bakersfield, California were number 2 and 3 for 2 years in a row.
Improved anti-theft technology and further law enforcement have contributed to fewer thefts, experts believe. Despite these efforts there are still prominent fraud rings in certain parts of the US and law enforcement finds is very challenging to put a stop to these perpetrators. Time and money continues to go into stopping car thefts, but the fact that overall the number of claims is down is good news. Hopefully this will cause auto insurance rates to go down eventually as well.
Written by <a rel=”author” href=”http://www.smartautoinsurance.com/author/sarasmart.html“>Sara Smart</a>