The Indianapolis area posted a higher rate of auto thefts last year than larger cities such as the Washington, D.C., area, New York and Chicago, says a new listing from the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported by the Indianapolis Star.
For 2006, the No. 1 auto theft city was Las Vegas, with 22,441 stolen cars. Last was State College, Pa. Lt. Louis Christ, supervisor of the Indianapolis police vehicle theft section, said the best theft prevention system is simple: Don’t leave keys in the car. “Last year, 35 percent of the vehicles reported stolen were taken with the keys in them,” he said.