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How common are auto thefts in the West Palm Beach area?

A person’s car can play a very big role in their everyday life. So, when a person’s car is stolen, it can be a major blow.

Motor vehicle thefts occur throughout the country. However, there are some places where such thefts are more prevalent than others. A recent National Insurance Crime Bureau report contained a list of the 100 metro areas with the highest auto theft levels. In determining what metro areas made the list and what spot they held on the list, the report looked at the 2015 auto theft rates of U.S metropolitan statistical areas, based on National Crime Information Center data.

The good news for Florida as a whole is that only two of the state’s metropolitan statistical areas were on this list.

The bad news for motor vehicle owners here in the West Palm Beach area is that the metropolitan statistical area that includes West Palm Beach, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, was among these two areas. Specifically, it was given the No. 59 spot on the list. The other Florida metro area on the list, the Tallahassee area, held the No. 60 spot.

So, it appears that auto theft may be a more prevalent problem in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area than in other Florida metro areas. What things do you think are contributing to this?

When a person’s car has been stolen, they may be heavily relying on their auto insurance coverage to help cushion the financial ramifications of the theft. So, it can be an incredibly disappointing and frustrating experience for an auto theft victim when an insurance claim they made for the theft is denied or runs into problems. When an auto theft victim encounters such a situation, they may want to promptly speak to a skilled lawyer about what has happened with their claim for advice and guidance on the matter.

Source: Insurance Journal, “Top 100 Metro Areas for Vehicle Theft: NICB’s ‘Hot Spots’,” June 6, 2016

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