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Thievery Wire

Last year there were 29,093 car thefts in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area, or 633 thefts per 100,000 residents, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. That gives us the dubious distinction of having the highest number of vehicle thefts per capita in the nation, which is even worse than Bakersfield, as the LAT helpfully points out. The good news is that car thefts are down to about half their 1990s levels. [LAT]