Hermiston Police are crunching the numbers when it comes to stolen cars, trucks and vehicles in the city.
HERMISTON, OR – Hermiston Police are crunching the numbers when it comes to stolen cars, trucks and vehicles in the city.
Police Chief Jason Edmiston says in 2013, 72 vehicles were stolen in Hermiston, including 33 SUV/pickups, 32 sedans, 6 ATVs, and 1 utility trailer. 2 of the ATVs were attempted thefts, but officers still count those in the total.
Chief Edmiston say 64% of the time, the vehicles were unlocked when they were stolen. 60% of the time, the keys were left inside the vehicle. 14% of the stolen vehicles were left unattended and warming up.
Police say 61% of the vehicle thefts happened west of Highway 395.
18 were stolen on Tuesdays, 14 on Saturdays. Wednesdays had the fewest, with 7, every other day had 8 or 9.
November had the most thefts, at 12, followed by 9 in September. May had the fewest with just 3.
Officers say they have recovered more than 90% of the stolen vehicles, and have arrested 35 people for 29 crimes.
That's a 40% clearance rate for the number of arrests compared to the number of stolen cars. Police say the FBI's most recent statistics show less than a 12% clearance rate nationwide.
Of the recovered vehicles, officers say one had been dismantled, two others were burned, and three others were used to transport stolen property from a residential burglary.