Vehicle thefts are down across the nation, but there are still some areas where you shouldn’t park.

All cars are a potential target, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which noted that old cars are stolen for parts and new ones for resale.

To avert thieves, car owners should remove keys from ignitions, lock doors and park in well-lit areas. Car owners can also install alarms, wheel locks, devices that prevent "hot wiring" by bypassing the ignition and tracking devices, the bureau said.

California is the car-theft capital of the nation, according to the top 10 list, which includes seven locations from the state, including the Bay Area at No. 1.

Here in ascending order are the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest rate of car thefts per capita (thefts per 100,000 population are listed in parenthesis).


No. 10

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (539.25)