The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports auto thefts increased nearly 10 percent last year in Washington to more than 29,000. That's an average of 80 stolen vehicles a day in the state.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports auto thefts increased nearly 10 percent last year in Washington to more than 29,000. That’s an average of 80 stolen vehicles a day in the state.

The bureau’s report Tuesday said most of the thefts were in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area – more than 16,000. Spokane had nearly 2,800 and Yakima almost 1,300.

But in terms of auto theft rate – the number per 100,000 residents – Spokane is fourth-highest in the nation; Yakima is 10th and Seattle 13th.