Car thefts spike in Portland
Four years ago the most stolen vehicles in one month in Portland was 670. Last month, though, 903 vehicles were reported stolen — and Hondas remain the hot model for thieves.
"Pretty much any Honda, that's always been a big one," he said. "Ford pickups right now are really big."
Portland Police Bureau statistics show that, on average, more than one car has been stolen every hour in the past three months.
Yeager said there are cost effective ways to protect your vehicle.
"I would start out with just a starting alarm where it's going to monitor the door triggers of your car and have a starter kill," he said.
Alarm systems can typically be installed in most cars in about two hours and start at about $250 for the equipment and labor. There are other options, including a device that has GPS tracking.
"I have it on my truck and my wife's car," he said.
There's also a device called a kill switch that starts around $65. "They're foolproof as long as they're well-hidden and whoever's stealing your car doesn't know where it is."
Police officials said that so far this year about 88% of the stolen cars have been recovered. But that means hundreds of cars are never again seen by their rightful owner.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said they have an 11-person unit handling these crimes with anywhere between 30-50 car theft cases on their desk.
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