Auto Theft (SNOCAT)

Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force - SNOCAT
The Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force (SNOCAT) is funded by a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority. The task force consists of detectives from the Marysville Police Department, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, and Washington State Patrol, as well as a prosecutor from the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office.  The purpose of SNOCAT is to reduce vehicle theft in Snohomish County through pro-active enforcement efforts, apprehension of criminals who steal vehicles, and increasing public awareness of and education about auto theft.

Last year, 2,706 vehicles were reported stolen in Snohomish County.  Nearly half of all auto theft is due to owner error. Here are 8 quick tips to help prevent auto theft:

  1. Always lock your car.
  2. Close and lock all windows.
  3. Hide any valuables. If you can’t remove them, cover them.
  4. Never hide a spare key on your car – thieves know how to find them.
  5. Park in well-lit area – in a garage, if possible (and be sure the garage is locked).
  6. Never leave your car while it’s running – if you start it, stay with it.
  7. If you see something suspicious – like someone peering into parked cars or trying door handles – call 911.
  8. Use an anti-theft device – especially if your car is on the National Insurance Crime Bureau Top 10 list

SNOCAT Statistics 2015

Vehicles reported stolen 2706
Cases initiated by SNOCAT detectives 164
Physical arrests for auto theft 66
Physical arrests for title fraud 3
Cases filed by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney assigned to SNOCAT 159
Prison convictions 73
County jail convictions 14
Average sentence per crime (in months) 31
Chop shops investigated 8
Search warrants served 41