Issaquah Police Department targets holiday shopping grinches
November 22, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 9:40 a.m. Nov. 22, 2011
Black Friday means bargains galore for shoppers — and tempting targets for thieves.
Issaquah police officers plan to head out in patrol cruisers and on foot Friday and throughout the holiday season to search for prowlers and remind shoppers not to leave valuables out in the open.
“During the holidays, parking lots can be very enticing to prowlers looking for quick and easy targets,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “We’re hoping these extra patrols will remind our shoppers to protect their property.”
Officers also started distributing a display card at local business’ checkouts to remind shoppers to lock vehicles and not leave valuables in plain sight.
What to know
Police recommended steps for holiday shoppers to prevent thefts:
The effort is a partnership between the police department and local businesses.
Police recently increased patrols in business districts. Officers searching for unlocked, parked vehicles and vehicles containing valuables visible to passersby.
Police place a small card on the windshields of high-risk vehicles to warn drivers not to become a prowler’s target.
Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said officers plan to patrol high-traffic areas for holiday shoppers, such as Costco and the Fred Meyer-anchored shopping center, as the holiday shopping season starts.
“Even if shoppers are leaving gifts and other purchases in their vehicles for a few minutes – that’s plenty of time for prowlers to act,” Ayers said. “Please be extra vigilant in locking up and making sure none of your valuables are visible.”
Issaquah police officers conducted similar patrol efforts in past holiday seasons.