Tucson, Phoenix drop down on stolen car list

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Both Phoenix and Tucson have dropped out of the top 10 U.S. cities for auto thefts.

That's according to an analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Based on population and crime statistics, Phoenix dropped from eighth in 2007 with more than 34,000 thefts to 19th last year with nearly 26,000 thefts. In 2006 Phoenix was fourth in the nation.

Tucson, meanwhile, was 13th for auto thefts last year after being ranked 10th the previous two years.

The Tucson area had more than 6,400 auto thefts in 2008, compared with nearly 7,800 thefts in 2007 and roughly 8,500 in 2006.

The Arizona Automobile Theft Authority attributes the drop in rankings to the increased use of bait cars and more communication between law enforcement agencies.

The top U.S. city for auto thefts in 2008 was Modesto, Calif.

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