Car thefts increases across state; Kern County is trouble spot

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Department of Justice released its annual statewide crime data report earlier this week, showing a jump in vehicle thefts around California.

In 2012, the number of automobiles stolen in the state was reported by the DOJ at around 169,000. That is a 15 percent jump from 2011, when there were about 147,000 automobiles stolen in California.

Until last year, car thefts had consistently declined between 2007 and 2011, according to the DOJ's report.

Last year, Kern County had 6,797 vehicles stolen. That's up from 5,240 the previous year, according to California Highway Patrol figures.

"We don't know the exact reason, but we are out there. We have collaborated with the different law enforcement agencies here in Kern County, and we're all working as a team to go out there and hopefully minimize the auto theft," said CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez.

The CHP ranks the top three vehicle theft targets:


  • Honda Accord, 1994
  • Honda Accord, 1996
  • Honda Accord, 1991

Pickups and vans

  • Toyota pickup, 1988
  • Toyota pickup, 1986
  • Toyota pickup, 1987

The CHP cites a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau that lists U.S. cities with the most stolen cars. Eight of the top 10 are in California, with the Bakersfield-Delano metro area in the top three.