SEATTLE – The vehicle thieves target most often in Washington and Oregon is the 1992 Honda Accord, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual Hot Wheels Report for 2009.Washington is a hotbed for car thieves, traditionally ranking high in auto theft over the years. In fact, Yakima ranked sixth-highest in the nation for auto theft rates in 2009, down from third in 2008. Spokane jumped to 18th in auto theft last year, up from 35th in 2008. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area fell from 26th in 2008 to 37th in 2009. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton ranked 77th in the nation.Last year, 26,684 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington, a 15.8-percent drop from 31,681 in 2008. That’s still an average of 73 stolen vehicles per day and three vehicles an hour. While the decrease in thefts is encouraging for drivers, auto theft is still a costly crime vehicle owners pay for through their insurance premiums.“Consumers literally pay billions each year for auto theft,” said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. “The cost to replace stolen vehicles and repair those that are recovered is reflected in your insurance rates.”Vehicle theft is the nation’s number-one property crime, costing an estimated $7.4 billion each year. In 2009, auto theft cost more than $180 million in Washington alone.