Car prowls on the rise in West Seattle; Seattle Police offering prevention tips
The Seattle Police Department reports that car prowls in and near West Seattle have seen an increase recently.
Last week around the Thanksgiving Holiday, the SW Precinct had a series of car prowl and property damage incidents in the North Delridge and Alaska Junction neighborhoods.
If you have any information about these incidents, including video, witness statements and/or suspect information- please contact the the SW Precinct Operations Lieutenant immediately atSteven.Strand@seattle.gov.
Car prowls and auto thefts happen fast. An experienced car thief can break in and steal a car in less than one minute.
Car Prowl Prevention Techniques:
• Never leave valuables in plain view
• Hide chargers and accessories that indicate an electronic device may be in the vehicle
• Remove garage door openers, key cards and other keys from the vehicle
• If possible, park vehicle in a busy, locked, monitored and/or well-lit area
• Install anti-theft devices
• If possible, activate alarm
WHAT IS A CAR PROWL?
Unlawful taking of motor vehicle contents or parts.
Car prowls are crimes of opportunity.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Be observant- If you see something, say something!
Report all crimes and suspicious activity immediately to the Seattle Police Department by calling 911!
Organize and/or get involved with Block Watch!
To report car prowls that are not in-progress: call the Seattle Police Non-Emergency Number: (206) 625-5011