While the latest crime statistics in the City of Mountlake Terrace show little variation in most categories over the past couple of years, there is one type of crime that is showing an increase in 2013: auto theft.
The total number of auto thefts in the city during the first nine months of 2013 is 54, reported the Mountlake Terrace Police Department this past week. That number matched the total for the whole year in 2011, and came up just one short of the total number of auto thefts, 55, in 2012.
The statistics were part of the police department’s 2013 Third Quarter Update, presented by Chief Greg Wilson and Assistant Chief Pete Caw to the Mountlake Terrace City Council on Thursday.
“Property crime, particularly theft of autos throughout the area, not just in the city of Mountlake Terrace, but throughout the whole region, is up,” Caw told the council. “I don’t have an explanation for that. Our best explanation that I have is because it’s up. That just happens. Things can be circular at times. Auto theft is up.”
The Mountlake Terrace Police Department works together with departments from neighboring cities, and the Snohomish County Sheriff Department, to try to reduce auto theft and recover vehicles that are stolen. “We’re combating it on a regional basis. We have a regional task force that combats auto theft,” Caw explained.
The Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force offers a few suggestions for helping to prevent auto thefts; you can see their list here.
You can view the entire 2013 Third Quarter Mountlake Terrace Police Department Update here.