Spokane Ranks 18th in the Nation for Stolen Cars - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Ranks 18th in the Nation for Stolen Cars

SPOKANE, Wash. - The National Insurance Crime Bureau released statistics monitoring 2009 car thefts.
 
This is the sixth straight year that thefts are going down, but some of the highest car theft rates are right here in the Inland Northwest. Yakima ranked the highest in the region at #6 in the nation.

The latest numbers show a car is stolen in Spokane every four hours. More than 2000 cars were taken last year. That ranked the Lilac City 18th in the nation for stolen cars.

Meanwhile, Coeur d'Alene ranked at the top of the list for the state of Idaho. Last year the lake city had 204 stolen cars. A per capita rating system puts them higher than larger cities such as Boise. Police say most of the car thefts are crimes of opportunity.

"It is a word to the wise to the public, don't leave your keys in the car," said Wayne Longo, Coeur d'Alene Police Chief. "Don't leave them unattended while they're warming up, or even leave windows down."

Police say most cars are found and returned to their owners. However, they aren't always in the exact same condition.

 

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