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PSATTF releases auto theft stats for February

The auto theft stats for February 2023 are in. There were 748 vehicles reported stolen in Pierce County and 1,351 reported stolen in King County. That’s an average of about 75 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. Steering wheel locks are strongly recommended for owners of Hyundai and Kia models that are vulnerable to theft. For a list of police departments distributing free locks, please visit our blog post.

Last year, 45,033 vehicles were reported stolen statewide.