DRIVING DOWN VEHICLE THEFT; STATEWIDE EFFORTS FROM C.H.P.
It's an ongoing battle with auto thieves, but new statistics show California is making progress. According to C.H.P. numbers, over 156,000 vehicles were stolen last year in the Golden State. That's a 1.3% reduction from 2010.
The rate of vehicle theft in California has dropped since 2006. It's a positive trend attributed to enforcement, education, and advancing theft deterrent technologies employed by the automotive industry.
Of the vehicles reported stolen last year, 84.9% were recovered. However, the economic loss to Californians continues to be approximately $1 billion annually.