Insurance Council reports auto thefts up in Washington; Spokane 7th-highest rate in nation

 Monday, June 30, 2014

 The Republic

The Northwest Insurance Council says the number of auto thefts in Washington rose 4.5 percent in Washington in 2013, in contrast to a 3.5 percent decline nationally. The council said Thursday that Spokane had 3,200 thefts and had the highest rate in the state at 598 per 100,000 residents. That was up 6 percent and ranks Spokane seventh nationally — the only city in the top 10 outside California in theft rate. The Sea-Tacoma-Bellevue area had far more thefts — 18,128 — but a rate that’s second in the state behind Spokane.
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