Auto theft in Washington State

The good news is that auto theft in Washington State decreased in 2007 by 18% over 2006. The bad news is that Washington ranks 5th among all the states for motor vehicle theft. In 2007, 37,622 vehicles were stolen in our state.

During winter months, people often provide the window of opportunity for a car thief by leaving their car running while they allow it to warm up and let the windows defrost. Statistics tells us that around 30% of all cars are stolen while they are running.

Why are cars stolen? Cars and trucks are stolen to sell the entire vehicle, to chop them up and sell their parts, to go for a “joyride” or provide transportation, to trade for cash, to commit fraud and to use for committing other crimes.

In Washington State, 1992 Honda Accords and 1995 Honda Civics rank on the list of “most stolen.”

Theft Prevention Tips

The Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) provides the following theft prevention tips:
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  • Don’t leave your keys in the car.
  • Lock your car.
  • Don’t leave a hide-a-key on your car.
  • Park where it is well-lighted.
  • Use attended parking lots in the city.
  • Don’t leave your car running while your run into a store or dry cleaners and don’t leave it running in your own driveway.
  • Lock your valuables in your trunk.
  • Turn your wheels towards the curb when your park.
  • Use a wheel locking device like “The Club.”

This information was provided by The Seattle Car Accident lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Contact us if you have been a serious car accident where you or a loved one received serious injuries including whiplash.