These Massachusetts areas had the highest car theft rates in 2017

It’s always a good idea to lock up your vehicle, especially since you never know who might try to get in. According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, these Massachusetts communities had the highest rates of car thefts last year. Data is based on the National Crime Information Center’s reports for each metropolitan statistical area in the country.

A total of 765,484 reported vehicles were stolen in 2016 and while 2017 is estimated to have a higher number, car theft is down drastically in the country since the 1990s.NICB recommends these “common sense” security tips to keep your car safe:

  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Lock your doors/close your windows
  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Remove your keys from the ignition
  • Lock your doors/close your windows
  • Park in a well-lit area Department

Below is a list of communities that saw the highest per capita auto theft rates.