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Holiday season could further increase car prowls in Kirkland

Kirkland police warn drivers to take precaution when leaving cars unattended due to the increase in car prowls around Kirkland this holiday season. - Flickr user Braden Kowitz of California
Kirkland police warn drivers to take precaution when leaving cars unattended due to the increase in car prowls around Kirkland this holiday season.
— image credit: Flickr user Braden Kowitz of California

The Kirkland Police Department would like to remind Kirkland citizens and visitors that car prowls – theft of property from vehicles - increase in most areas of the city during the holiday season.

From October and through November, the Police Department has seen a significant increase in car prowls than what is typically reported in the late summer and early fall.

In 2012, the Juanita Neighborhood, south Kirkland along Lake Washington Blvd. and the downtown residential areas have seen the most increases in car prowls. However, these thefts are occurring citywide as well as in neighboring cities.

Several arrests of active car prowlers have been made and one arrest was the direct result of a Kirkland citizen calling 911 to report suspicious activity near vehicles. If you see any suspicious activity, trust your instinct and report it to the Police Department by calling 911.

There are several ways citizens can help prevent becoming a victim of car theft:

  • Park your vehicle in a well lit area whenever possible.
  • Lock your vehicle whenever and wherever you park it.
  • Leave no items of any value in plain view to someone looking in your windows such as your purse, wallet, checkbook, cell phone, laptop or tablet computers. Personal information can be obtained from these items and devices, which may subject you to become a victim of identity theft.
  • Other items such as GPS, holiday gifts, backpacks and duffle bags should be hidden from plain view.
  • Never leave a Firearm in your vehicle, hidden from view or not.
  • If you have to leave items in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk and out of view.

What to do if you’re a victim of a car prowl:

  • If your car is prowled, whether it is locked or unlocked, call 911.
  • Do not touch anything, as sometimes fingerprints can be recovered.
  • If you are a victim of Identify Theft as a result of a car prowl, visit the KPD website for resource information at www.kirklandwa.gov/police.

The Kirkland Police Department is conducting the following public education and enforcement activities:

  • Increased patrols in all neighborhoods and especially where these crimes occur more frequently.
  • Use of patrol officers in un-marked vehicles to spot thefts and suspicious activity.
  • Attend neighborhood meetings to raise awareness about car prowls and other crime trends.
  • Work with citizens and business owners as partners to educate and help prevent car prowls.

Contact Neighborhood Resource Officer Audra Weber at aweber@kirklandwa.gov or 425-587-3451 for crime prevention information.

 

 

 

 

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