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18. Lubbock, Texas

18. Lubbock, Texas

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  • Population: 316,983 (from U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Car theft rate per 100k: 514.22
  • Property crime rate per 100k: Not reported by UCR

Lubbock is the only Texan MSA in NICB’s top 20 ranking. Area coverage has emphasized that theft rates spike in Lubbock in July, which is typically the area’s hottest season, when motorists are most likely to leave their cars running to keep their vehicle interior cool. Local police have also noted that a high number of thefts are committed by 15- to 19-year-old males.

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