WEST SEATTLE—New numbers from Seattle Police show car thefts are up compared to the same time last year.
According to Seattle Police, so far in 2018, there have been 3,230 stolen cars reported. That’s up from 2,974 this time last year. It’s a nine percent city-wide increase.
Police said people have to do whatever they can to make it harder for the thieves to get their cars.
According to police numbers, the Southwest Precinct has seen a historically high spike at 29 percent.
James Bowen was trying to fix as much of his disabled friends' car as he can after it was stolen and stripped.
On Tuesday, her car was stolen out of her West Seattle yard with her walker in the backseat.
"She’s disabled,” said Bowen. “She's on oxygen, she can barely move around so she really needs a vehicle."
Bowen said the car was locked and she did have a club in the car.
On Thursday, police found it ditched in South Park.
"There's usually no crime in this area right here,” said Bowen. “But lately a storm of cars galore have been popping off, like every week I hear a car being stolen."
Police said it’s likely a group of thieves they’ve been trying to find targeting the cars.
Candy Notman lives on the border of Seattle. She said she's had three cars stolen with the most recent being a Mustang a month ago.
"If they are catching them, are they getting a slap on the hand and getting released in the community to steal more?" said Notman. “To go out and replace a car is not something cheap"
Even though Bowen’s friend’s car was recovered, it may not work again
“She needs a vehicle and now she has nothing,” said Bowen.
Police said other precincts have seen spikes in car thefts.
In the North Precinct, police said they're up nine percent. That includes neighborhoods like Bitterlake, Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood and U-District.
In the South Precinct, police said car thefts are up 13 percent. That includes neighborhoods like North Beacon Hill and Mount Baker.