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Posted on: September 30, 2021

Tips to Prevent Car Prowls and Thefts

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The Issaquah Police Department has seen a spike in car prowls over the last month. 

 Most car prowls are crimes of opportunity. While IPD works to identify and arrest suspects in these recent cases, here’s how you can help make your vehicle a less-appealing target for thieves.

Leave nothing behind 

Small electronics, wallets, purses, backpacks, coins and cash, garage door openers, and even cellphone cables can turn your vehicle into a target for thieves. Take these items with you when you exit your vehicle. 

Leave your car’s console/center arm rest open to show off how thoroughly you’ve cleared out your vehicle. 

If you absolutely must leave items behind, place them out of sight in the trunk or spare tire compartment.

Leave nothing to chance

Park under streetlights or leave exterior and motion-sensing lights on at night when parked outside your home. 

Trim trees, overgrown bushes, and anything else which could create cover for a thief. 

Alarms and anti-theft devices can also be effective deterrents. 

If you witness a car prowl, call 911. Do *not* confront the prowler.

IPD also believes there may be recent unreported car prowls in the area. If you or your neighbors are targeted in a car prowl or theft, make a report online or by calling 911. 

Check whether your home surveillance system or doorbell camera may have captured a possible suspect. Those images can aid police in identifying and arresting thieves.

IPD is conducting additional patrols in areas recently targeted by car prowlers. Please share these tips with your friends and neighbors and join IPD in addressing crime in our community. 

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