IF YOU'RE DRIVING DOWN TO HOOPFEST KEEP IN MIND SPOKANE
CONTINUES TO RANK AS ONE OF THE WORST CITIES IN THE
COUNTRY FOR CAR THEFT.
SPOKANE IS THE ONLY WASHINGTON CITY IN THE TOP TEN
FOR STOLEN CARS AND SITTING AT NUMBER SEVEN BEHIND
A BUNCH OF CALIFORNIA HOT SPOTS.
KXLY FOUR'S CRIME AND SAFETY REPORTER, JEFF HUMPHREY
WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT, WITH A LOOK AT WHY SPOKANE
CAR THIEVES ARE SO BUSY AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT
PART OF THE PROBLEM IS PEOPLE WARMING THEIR UNATTENDED
CARS IN THE WINTER, SPOKANE'S METH ADDICTION IS A
AND SO IS THE FACT THAT WE'RE A WORKING CLASS COMMUNITY...A
LOT OF US HAVE OLDER CARS THAT ARE EASIER TO STEAL
BECAUSE THE TUMBLERS INSIDE OUR DOOR LOCKS A WORN
DOWN AND CAN BE PICKED WITH SHAVED KEYS.
THE HEART OF SPOKANE
WHEN SOMEONE USED A SHAVED KEY TO STEAL IT.
CECILE CHARLES/HAD CAR STOLEN 48;28 a policeman told
us that a shaved key had been used and that was probably
the most common way as car gets stolen 48;37
CAR THIEVES USE SHAVED KEYS TO JIGGLE THEIR WAY THROUGH
THE TUMBLERS IN YOUR CAR DOOR AND UNLOCK THE HANDLE.
HONDAS AND OTHER IMPORTS KNOWN FOR THEIR LONGEVITY
ON THE ROAD ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE.
STEVE WOHL/SPOKANE POLICE DEPT.
23;49 and so they can be driven 20 to 30 years and
the engine will still work, but sometimes the tumblers
or other locks on the vehicles wear out with time
and so that makes it more susceptible to being broken
into and being stolen with shaved keys.
AND SO IF YOUR DRIVING A CAR THAT SO OLD IT CAN PLAY
TAPE CASSETTES ON THE STEREO IT'S TIME YOU INVESTED
IN A STEERING WHEEL LOCK LIKE THE CLUB.
THEY'RE EASY TO INSTALL AND MAKE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE
TO DRIVE OFF WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
STEVE WOHL/ SPOKANE POLICE DEPT.
27;03 most of the time these thieves are looking for
a quick easy target and so if they see that anti theft
device on there, they know it's going to be a challenge
, they don't want to get caught 27;12
THE FOLKS AT O'REILLY'S AUTOPARTS DONATED THIS CLUB
FOR THE PURPOSES OF OUR STORY TODAY BECAUSE THEY SAY
FOR JUST 25 BUCKS YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OLDER CAR A MUCH
LESS ATTRACTIVE TARGET FOR THEIVES.
MEANWHILE SPOKANE POLICE SAY OUR CAR THEFT RATE IS
ACTUALLY DOWN 11 PERCENT FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR,
IN PART BECAUSE THEY ARE TARGETING CAR THEFT PRONE
AREAS WITH MORE PATROLS AND USING GPS TRACKED BAIT
CARS TO CATCH THE MORE PROLIFIC CROOKS.
REPORTING DOWNTOWN, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.