It’s time to take a look at the auto theft stats from December. There were 972 vehicles reported stolen in Pierce County and 1,451 reported stolen in King County. That’s an average of about 78 per day! Our team is out there every day working to tackle this problem, but there are also things you can do to lessen your risk of becoming a victim:
– Remove or hide all valuables
– Lock your car
– Don’t leave keys or fobs inside
– Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended (exhaust in cold months makes these vehicles easy to spot)
– Use anti-theft devices (alarm, kill switch, steering wheel lock)
– Park in well-lit areas
While it’s important for all vehicle owners to consider using an anti-theft device, we strongly encourage residents of apartment complexes to make this a priority because these complexes are a top target for car thieves. A simple steering wheel lock is available online for around $40. These locks are also strongly recommended for owners of Hyundai and Kia models that are vulnerable to theft.
In 2022, 45,033 vehicles were reported stolen statewide.