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Yakima County is Ranked 3rd in Nation for Car Theft

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau says Yakima jumped six spots from last year as the 3rd highest region for auto thefts in the nation.

According to Yakima police, less than half of the thefts counted for the report came from within the city. In fact police say the number of thefts in the city of Yakima has gone down every year since 2005. But because the report includes all of Yakima County and is calculated from the number of thefts per 100,000 people in the area, Yakima moved up on the list.

Yakima Police have been working to reduce car theft. Captain Greg Copeland says the department is targeting those who have the biggest impact on the city.  

Captain Copeland said, "We have been targeting the people who we figure and believe are the most prolific auto thefts that live in Yakima. It's our experience that two or three people can be really prolific and really drive those numbers up."

Captain Copeland also points out the number of thefts have actually gone down in the city even though the county as a whole moved up on the list.

NW Insurance Council has some tips to help you reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen:

  • Keep your doors locked and windows completely rolled up
  • Remove keys from the ignition, even when briefly stepping away from your car
  • Keep valuable items such as bags, purses, cell phones and briefcases out of sight
  • Always park your vehicle in well-lit areas
  • Always activate your vehicle's security or alarm system when parked

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most common reported stolen cars in Washington are:

  • 1992 Honda Accord 
  • 1995 Honda Civic
  • 1989 Toyota Camry