For drivers of Honda Accords, Honda Civics, Subaru Legacys, the Seattle Police Department has some good news: Your car is popular. The bad news: Your car is popular with thieves.
There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle in October, bringing the total number this year to 4,715, the police department said. The total is a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.
The top three car models stolen in Seattle are the Accord, Civic and Legacy, the police department said Thursday. Thieves also target older cars; data shows that of the cars stolen, 77 percent are 2001 model year or older.
The numbers may be attributed to the popularity of Hondas and Subarus in Seattle, which provides thieves more opportunity to learn how to steal them, police spokesman Patrick Michaud said. As for older cars? They are easier to start with a shaved key, he said.
“If you have one of those cars, you just have to know there is a higher chance of that car being stolen,” Michaud said. “And as the car gets older, it becomes easier to start with different methods.”
The police department advises drivers to purchase steering-wheel lock anti-theft devices.
“There’s an ongoing battle involving police, automakers and thieves,” Michaud said. “And if you do have one of these older vehicles, invest in a club to keep it from winding up in somebody else’s hands.”
The data also showed that 76 percent of all cars reported stolen are found, with an average time of seven days.
Auto theft was a major topic discussed at Wednesday’s SeaStat meeting, police said.