A new report from the Northwest Insurance Council puts Spokane at number one in the state for car theft, and number seven nationwide.
In 2013, 31,960 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington. That's an average of 88 stolen vehicles per day and nearly four vehicles each hour. In Spokane, 3,205 vehicles were stolen – an average of 600 per every 100,000 residents.
The Northwest 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. Warning Device