- More than 15,000 cars are towed from private lots in Arlington each year. (Photo: TBD Staff)
The second installment in an ongoing investigative series on towing in Arlington. On Tuesday, we looked at whether the landscape of towing in the county has changed over the past five years.
It can sometimes feel like everyone in Arlington has had a car towed at some point or another. How close is that to reality?
Well, in a given year, it's actually closer to one in 10 people. Arlington County Police estimate that between 15,000 and 20,000 private property tows occur in the county each year. The county's population is estimated at a little over 200,000.
So how many of those tows are bogus? Officially, not very many. The number of towing complaints filed with the county (91 in 2009 and 2010 to date, combined) pales in comparison to the total number of cars towed per year. Arlington County Police determined that a towing company violated the county's towing ordinance in only 14 of those 91 cases.