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Auto theft increases 45 percent in Boise, down 33 percent in Coeur d'Alene
  • Number of vehicles stolen in Idaho up 16 percent statewide
  • Owners of vehicles stolen are on the hook without Comprehensive Insurance Coverage
  • Drivers are recommended to follow the “four layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft

BOISE  – Auto theft jumped 45 percent in Boise last year, climbed 13 percent in Lewiston and Logan and increased 7 percent in Pocatello, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s recent annual Hot Spots Report.  Auto thefts in Coeur d’Alene dropped 33 percent.

Overall, vehicles stolen in Idaho rose 16 percent in 2015. The statewide increase in auto thefts is a strong reminder to consider optional Comprehensive or Other than Collision Coverage, which covers the cost of replacing your vehicle if it’s stolen. Comprehensive Coverage, also known as Other than Collision Coverage, pays for vehicle damage not caused by a collision, depreciation and normal wear and tear. Examples of what is covered include auto theft, fire, hail, windstorm, flooding and glass breakage.

“Vehicle owners continue to pay billions of dollars each year for auto theft,” said Kenton Brine, NW Insurance Council president. “Because the cost to replace stolen vehicles and repair those that are recovered is reflected in insurance rates, stopping auto theft is important to all of us.”Vehicle theft is the nation’s number-one property crime, costing an estimated $4.1 billion in 2013, according to the FBI.  Last year, 1,397 vehicles stolen in Idaho last year – more than three per day.

Brine recommended drivers employ the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s “Four Layers of Protection” to guard against auto theft. “The more layers a driver can employ, the less chance his or her vehicle will be targeted by car thieves,” Brine said. The protections include common sense measures like locking your car, adding warning devices like light and sound auto alarm systems, adding an immobilizing device such as a fuse cut-off or kill switch, or using an onboard tracking device.

Here are the top six Idaho cities with the highest theft rates and how they compare to one year ago (percentages rounded):  :

  1. Lewiston: 114 Thefts, 183.42 Theft Rate, +13% Theft Rate Change
  2. Pocatello: 124 Thefts, 148.07Theft Rate, +7% Theft Rate Change
  3. Coeur d'Alene: 185 Thefts, 123.05 Theft Rate, -33% Theft Rate Change
  4. Boise City: 782 Thefts, 115.53 Theft Rate, +45% Theft Rate Change
  5. Idaho Falls : 148 Thefts, 105.91 Theft Rate, 0% Theft Rate Change
  6. Logan: 344 Thefts, 32.87 Theft Rate, +11% Theft Rate Change

*The theft rate is based on the number of thefts per 100,000 inhabitants using U.S. Census data.

How to Help Stop Auto Theft & Insurance Fraud
In some cases, auto theft is a form of insurance fraud when vehicle owners arrange to have their vehicles stolen with hopes of collecting the insurance money. If you witness or have knowledge of an auto theft, you can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422) or by texting keyword “fraud” to TIP411 (847411).  

For more information about the Hot Spots Report and insurance fraud, visit National Insurance Crime Bureau and NW Insurance Council.

NW Insurance Council is a nonprofit, public-education organization funded by member insurance companies serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

National Insurance Crime Bureau is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness.