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AAA: Auto thefts drop in 2011

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AAA Mid-Atlantic reports that auto thefts across the U.S. have fallen to their lowest levels since 1967.

From 2003 to 2011, auto theft rates dropped by more than 40%.

In a statement, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II cautions that "although the auto theft rate is declining across the nation (for the eighth straight year) and the Washington metro area, motorists shouldn't allow this bit of good news to lull them into a sense of complacency."

This year, the nation also reached a 25 year low in recovery of stolen vechicles.

In addition, AAA Mid-Atlantic says that car break ins are the larger concern for drivers. A vechicle is broken into every 10 seconds.

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