The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) says that vehicle thefts are on the rise, and believes the failure of the legislature to give law enforcement the authority to allow even the perceived possibility of a pursuit has created an environment that is a significant cause of the increase.
he Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) today noted vehicle theft data from the Washington State Patrol showing the following:
• Vehicle thefts have increased 88 percent year-to-date for 2022 compared to 2021 through the end of March.
• Vehicle thefts have increased 99 percent for March 2022 compared to March 2021
• Vehicle thefts have increased 93 percent since a number of new laws went into effect at the end of July 2021