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Stolen Cars Capitol: Fresno Again Ranked Near Worst

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) -

Fresno is now the second worst city in America for car thefts, only trailing Modesto in that category.  And according to one expert, lax law enforcement is one of the bigger reasons that's happening.

California has eight of the ten worst cities in a new National Insurance Crime Bureau report.

The only non-California cities in the top ten are Yakima and Spokane, Washington.

According to an official with the International Association of Auto Theft INvestigators, California does so poorly because of the high number of cars on the roads here and because of weak law enforcement.

Bakersfield, CA came in at third worst in the survey.  Fresno was ranked the worst in the country in last year's survey.   

it's the first time auto theft rates have gone up, nationally, in several years.

According to insurancejournal.com;

"California rates are going up because there's no resources and no law enforcement," John Abounader, executive director at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, said in a phone interview. "Criminals know where the resources are and they go where they're not."

California has more vehicles than other states, access to ports and borders for smuggling, and mild weather that keeps cars in good shape, Scafidi said. Drug use also drives thefts, he said.

"There's a notorious methamphetamine problem in this state," Scafidi said. "Where you have a lot of drug problems, police will tell you, you have a lot of property crimes. It's like peanut butter and jelly."

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