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Washington auto theft rates continue to rise

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SEATTLE, Wash., -- Washington continues to be a hotbed for auto thieves in spite of a slight 1.6 percent overall decline in the number of auto thefts last year, as both Yakima and Seattle rose higher in the national theft-rate rankings, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual Hot Spots Report released this week.

In 2011, 28,833 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington, a 1.6 percent decline from 29,298 in 2009, but still up 8 percent from 2009 totals.  That's an average of 79 stolen vehicles per day and more than three vehicles stolen each hour.

Yakima is 2nd on the list for the number of car thefts in the state with 1,308; the Tri-Cities ranks 7th with 491.