Protect yourself from vehicle break-ins
February 23, 2014
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.