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Humboldt County saw a decline in the number of stolen vehicles reported in 2018. In 2017, there were 721 reported stolen vehicles in Humboldt County. In 2018, there were 569.
CHP (which includes HCSO)
A significant number of vehicles stolen out of Humboldt County are taken with their very own ignition key. This is often the result of unsuspecting victims leaving their vehicles running while unattended or leaving a spare key with the vehicle. Pre-1999 Honda and Toyota passenger cars, along with Toyota trucks, are being stolen with a similar worn key due to their worn ignition switches. A small percentage of vehicles stolen are due to the steering column being broken to the point where the ignition can be started. Approximately 80 percent of vehicles stolen out of Humboldt County are recovered, however they are usually stripped of anything valuable. Garage door openers are also stolen at the same time making victims more susceptible to future home burglaries.
Protect yourself from becoming the victim of vehicle theft by following these easy tips:
Another trend of auto theft is through residential burglaries. Most of us walk in to our home and hang the key on a rack exposed to those who want to take our vehicles. Change the location where you store your keys and keep them out of sight. The more cautious you become, the less likely you are to become a victim.