Vehicle Thefts in Yakima Drop 30.8 Percent in 2013, Statewide Thefts Increase
YAKIMA, WA. - Although Washington continues to be a hot spot for car thieves, Yakima experienced a significant drop in thefts in 2013.
NW Insurance Council says Yakima saw dropped 30.8 percent with 1,152 car thefts in 2013. The decrease takes the city from 5th place nationally for car thefts to 19th place.
However, the enter state of Washington saw more thefts in 2013 with an overall increase of 4.5 percent. In 2013, 31,960 vehicles were reported stolen in the state. That's an average of 88 stolen vehicles per day and nearly four vehicles stolen each hour. The state's increase runs counter to a national decrease of 3.5 percent over the same period.
Here are the Washington cities with the highest theft rates:
NW Insurance Council recommends drivers follow "four layers of protection" to guard against vehicle theft.
Remove your keys from the ignition
Lock your doors /close your windows
Park in a well-lit area
Keep valuable items such as bags, purses, cell phones and briefcases out of sight.
2)A Warning Device/Deterrent
Popular devices include:
Steering column collars
Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
Theft deterrent decals
Identification markers in or on vehicle
Micro dot marking
3)An Immobilizing Device
Use a device that prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some examples are:
Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers
Wireless ignition authentication
4)A Tracking Device
The final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. The vehicle then is tracked and recovered.