We live in a safe community — but leaving your car unlocked makes it a target that’s too tempting for a thief to ignore.
Since the beginning of 2014, Issaquah police officers have responded to 40 vehicle prowls. In many of these cases, owners had left their vehicles unlocked.
Most vehicle prowls are crimes of opportunity. In only a few seconds, thieves can get into cars through unlocked doors or open windows, and then make off with valuables.
Prime targets include shopping center parking lots, streets in residential neighborhoods, parks and schools, because a prowler can hit many vehicles in a short time period.
Prowlers know the odds are good that somebody has left a door unlocked, a window open or keys in the ignition.
Though vehicle prowls are common, they’re preventable. Here are some easy tips you can use to protect yourself from crime:
• Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short time.
• Don’t leave valuable items in plain view.
• Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended.
• If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination.
• If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave your exterior lights on at night.
• If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space.
If you see somebody acting suspicious or looking into vehicles, call the Issaquah Police Department at 425-837-3200.