SPOKANE, Wash. – New data from the Spokane Police Department (SPD) shows that car thefts are up 7% from this time last year.
As of May 2021, there were 324 car thefts in Spokane. This year there have been 575 so far.
Now that includes a Spokane mom who heard her car start, went outside, and actually saw the thief drive off in her car.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has a list of the 10 most stolen vehicles by state in 2020. In Washington, the 1998 Honda Civic and 1997 Honda Accord top that list.
That data is also locally the same here. According to SPD, these are the most stolen vehicles in the entire country since 2016. BEST STOLEN CARS IN SPOKANE COUNTY: HondaFordChevroletSubaruToyotaDodgeNissan
It’s not something you think about when you look at cars, but for one family, it’s something they might want to know.
“It was before the chip keys, so obviously it was one of the easiest cars to get,” said Julie Annelliott. “It’s a 1997 Honda Civic Ex and it’s cherry red.”
Early Thursday morning, Annelliott knew something was wrong when she heard her car’s engine start.
“I got up and looked out the window when it screeched across the road,” she said.
Fortunately, the neighbor’s security camera caught the theft, but a little too late, as everything in the vehicle is now gone.
“My bank card, all my ID, my food coupon card, everything. Tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday. And they took all the stuff I needed to get her birthday present,” she said. “My daughter’s library books from school and my son’s library books from school, they all go to three different schools and I have to get up every morning to transport all three of them to different schools.”
On Thursday the children had to stay home from school because Annelliott has now lost her only means of transport. That includes work.
“I work at airway heights and now I have no way to work,” she said.
She only hopes that the man in this photo will be held accountable and that her things will be returned.
“Just give me back my stuff, I didn’t do anything to deserve this. I’m just trying to struggle, I’m a single mom, I’m trying to raise my kids and do the right thing and how dare you really take things away from my kids,” she said.
There are some ways to make sure your car isn’t the target. Just like making sure there’s nothing in it, it’s locked up and parked in a garage or well-lit area.
Of course, security cameras are also always good in case something worse happens.