ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the second year in a row the Albuquerque area was rated No. 1 in the country – in auto theft, that is.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau found that Bernalillo and neighboring counties kept the 2016 streak alive with nearly 10,000 auto thefts in 2017, according to statistics released Thursday.
Analyzing data from the National Crime Information Center, the bureau found 9,989 auto thefts across Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties in 2017. That ranks the area No. 1 in the country for auto thefts per capita.