Washington state is a hotbed for auto thefts, according to National Insurance Crime Bureau statistics. Even though there has been a 1.6 percent decline in auto thefts since last year, Spokane is still fourth-highest in the nation for auto theft rates again. Yakima jumped five places from the 10th spot to the 5th. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area is responsible for 54 percent of all stolen vehicles in the nation — up 18 percent since 2009. This is bad news for Washington consumers who are looking for affordable auto insurance rates.
How Many Vehicles Are Stolen In Washington?
Last year, 28,833 vehicles were reported as stolen. That’s 79 vehicles stolen every day or more than 3 per hour! NW Insurance Council President Karl Newman says, “American consumers continue to pay billions of dollars each year for auto theft.” He explains that the cost of replacing stolen vehicles and repair the recovered vehicles gets reflected in our auto insurance rates. It costs Washington auto insurance providers more than $170 million per year, in fact, with most reimbursements costing around $6,500.
How Can Consumers Protect Themselves?
When buying a new vehicle, consumers should elect for anti-theft technology. The NICB recommends four layers of protection:
1. Common Sense – Which means removing keys from the ignition, locking your doors, closing your windows and keeping valuables out-of-sight.
2. Warning Device – Which means choosing a steering column collar, audible alarm, brake lock, VIN etching, or decaling.
3. Immobilization Device – Which means smart keys, fuse cut-offs, kill switches or wireless ignition authentication.
4. Tracking Device – Which means enabling the vehicle to be tracked via monitoring station.
Sick of Overpaying on your Auto Insurance?
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