How worried are you about your car being broken into?

According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, only 1 in 5 Northwest people surveyed (19 percent) say they’re extremely or very concerned about car prowls in their neighborhood. This, despite the fact the Northwest has two cities with the highest rates of car theft in the U.S. (Seattle, Spokane, WA). What about you: How concerned are you about your car being broken into?

How concerned are you about car prowlers in your neighborhood?

Total OR
8 7 Extremely concerned
11 10 Very concerned
33 31 Somewhat concerned
36 39 Not very concerned
12 12 Not at all concerned
0 1 Don’t know

Which, if any, of these things do you do in order to keep your vehicle safe from prowlers in your neighborhood?

Total OR
87 87 Lock the doors
72 72 Remove valuables or place them out of sight
45 44 Use an electronic alarm system
4 3 Use a club or other mechanical device
5 3 Other
5 6 Nothing

Thinking about the times you park your car in your neighborhood, but not in your garage, whether on purpose or by accident, how often do you park without locking your vehicle’s door and/or setting the alarm?

Total OR
8 9 Often
7 7 Sometimes
23 25 Rarely
62 59 Never
0 0 Don’t know

When you were deciding where to buy, lease or rent the home you live in now, how important was the availability of parking in your decision about where to live?

Total OR
19 18 Extremely important
27 24 Very important
27 28 Somewhat important
15 16 Not very important
10 11 Not at all important
2 3 Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit

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