Protect yourself from vehicle break-ins

February 23, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2014

Since the beginning of 2014, Issaquah police officers have responded to 40 vehicle break-ins.

In many cases, owners had left their vehicles unlocked, according to a news release from the city.

Thieves can get into cars through unlocked doors or open windows, and then make off with valuables in only a few seconds.

Prime targets include shopping center parking lots, residential neighborhoods, parks and schools, because a prowler can hit many vehicles in a short time.

Prowlers know the odds are good somebody left a door unlocked, a window open or keys in an ignition.

Here are some ways 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 837-3200.

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