DALLAS (1080 KRLD) – Don’t park your car along West Commerce Street in Dallas.  At least, not if you want to keep it.

The neighborhood is the worst in the U.S. for auto theft, according to new data from the insurance industry.

Nearly one in every four cars in the area gets stolen.  The rate for the neighborhood is 223 cars stolen per 1,000.  The national average is three per 1,000.

If you’re doing the math, the theft rate on West Commerce is 74 times the national average.

You might recognize the area as being down the street from the Dallas County Jail and Criminal Courts complex.

Apparently, the proximity to the jail is not a deterrent.

Nationwide, car theft was down across the country in 2010.

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