Study: NV ranks 4th in nation in vehicle thefts

RENO, NV (KOLO) A new study shows Nevada ranks among the highest of states with the most vehicles stolen. According to the study by Driving-Tests.org the Silver State sits at #4 for the state with the most stolen vehicles. Alaska came in at #1.

Damon O'Connell of the Sparks Police Department says vehicle theft is primarily a crime of opportunity.

"Everything is about making sure what's inside your vehicle, basically taking all of your valuables out, roll up and lock your windows, hide your items or take them inside your house," he says.

The study estimates the loss of stolen vehicles in 2017 cost more than $200 million.

O'Connell says older cars are often the target of car thefts.

"It's older model Honda Civics specifically used by these guys using a shaved key which actually fits into the ignition and starts the car," he says.

O'Connell says if you do fall victim to this crime, your first call should be to the police.