SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane is ranked #2 on a new list out today – but this isn't one the city likes to see.
The Northwest Insurance Council reports car thefts are up 16% in Spokane over last year, hiking our ranking in the state to #2 – second only to Yakima. The data also shows the problem is worse, per capita, in Spokane than in much larger cities like Seattle or Portland.
But if you ask Spokane Police, the number is almost double that.
According to the CompStat Report ending the week of June 22, 2013, car thefts are up 28.84% over last year.
Mandie Soto is just the latest in a string of thousands of victims. Her Dodge Neon was stolen from right outside her house near Monroe and Indiana sometime between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"[My boyfriend] was very confused, he just said, ‘Mandie, your car's gone!' And I just kept repeating, ‘What?'" she told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "I just couldn't understand why somebody would take a Dodge Neon like that."
She called police and filed a report, but so far, hasn't heard a thing.
"It's just an awful feeling when something is taken from you," she said. "It's just a car, but it's a big asset to somebody's family."
A Spokane Police spokesperson tells KHQ, it's important you always make a report because crime analysts will review it to determine hot spots for car thefts. Then, more officers can be placed in those areas to help fight the problem.
The good news? SPD says 75% of cars stolen in the city are eventually recovered.
(View the CompStat Report from Spokane Police here: http://www.spokanepolice.org/documents/CompStat%20Report%206-25-13%20PUBLIC.pdf)