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Vehicle Thefts in Yakima Drop 30.8 Percent in 2013, Statewide Thefts Increase

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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: 

City                                               Thefts                         Theft Rate*

  1. Spokane
3,205

598.26

  1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
18,128

502.15

  1. Yakima
1,152

466.31

  1. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
6,916

298.8

  1. Mount Vernon-Anacortes
331

278.53

  1. Longview
277

271.94

  1. Olympia-Tumwater
521

198.56

  1. Bremerton-Silverdale
477

187.82

  1. Kennewick-Richland
382

140.89

  1. Walla Walla
89

140.02


NW Insurance Council recommends drivers follow "four layers of protection" to guard against vehicle theft.

1)     Common Sense
  • 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:
  • Audible alarms
  • Steering column collars
  • Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
  • Brake locks
  • Wheel locks
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on vehicle
  • VIN etching
  • 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:
  • Smart keys
  • Fuse cut-offs
  • Kill switches
  • 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.
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