Car Prowlings

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 13 Apr, 2016

Easy Steps to Protect Yourself Against Car Prowlers

Car prowlings are an epidemic in Spokane for a myriad of reasons. It seems like nearly all of us at some point has either been a victim of car prowling or knows someone who was, and many Spokane residents are understandably concerned about this trend. While law enforcement officers are doing all they can to combat this, there are number of steps you can take to help protect your car against prowlers.

Park in a well-lit area . Thieves are less likely to break into a car if they know they can be seen. Avoid parking in dark areas as much as possible. If you park outside your house, invest in a good lighting system to keep the area lit at night.

Park in a public area . When you have the choice between different areas, pick a spot closest to a busy road or near a lot of people. The goal of thieves is to not be noticed, so they aren’t as likely to target a car where others can see them.

Take all valuables inside . We’re always in a hurry, and the temptation can be to leave cell phones, wallets, mp3 players, etc., in the car. All this does is attract thieves. Most thieves are opportunists, looking for an easy steal. Don’t give them that opportunity! If there is nothing of value in your car, thieves are more likely to move on to someone else. And remember, your concern isn’t as much what IS valuable, as what COULD BE valuable to a thief -  you  might know that the laptop case or gym bag in your car are empty, but a thief doesn’t.

Get a car alarm installed.  Car alarms are relatively inexpensive, and they can be a deterrent in thwarting criminals. Alarms that have the blinking red light on the dash are preferred since a thief can see the car has an alarm before breaking in, but even an alarm without that warning is still helpful.

Make sure you lock your doors . Many thieves will walk past a line of cars, and subtly pull on each door handle until they find an unlocked door. Those thieves aren’t looking at the type of car of what might be inside, they’re just looking for an unlocked door that will make their job easier. So get in the habit of always locking your car, even if you are just stepping away for a short time.

Keep your garage door opener with you , especially if your car is in your driveway. Thieves will often break in a car in front of a house where a garage door opener is visible. They’re hoping it will open the garage door right in front of them and give them access to your house.

Remember, not only do car break-ins deprive you of your belongings, but you put yourself at risk for identity theft if you are keeping your wallet or any type of i.d. in your car. While you can’t stop car break-ins entirely, following the steps above will help minimize your chances of being broken into.

And remember, if you do find your car broken into, call Crime Check immediately at 509-456-2233. Request to have your car lifted for prints, and Crime Check will put your local C.O.P.S. shop in touch with you to make that happen.

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Want to make Spokane a safer place? Volunteer at your local C.O.P.S. shop with one of our crime prevention programs , from lifting fingerprints off of vehicles to catch car prowlers to organizing a block watch for your neighborhood.

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