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Everett Police Department
Monday May 17th, 2010 :: 12:02 p.m. PDT

Advisory

Vehicle prowls are on the rise! Protect your property in your vehicle. Colby says, "Put your junk in the trunk!"

The past few months have seen a dramatic increase in vehicle prowls. Intelligence reports indicate organized groups are targeting vehicles for the personal property.

Traditionally, most vehicle prowls were crimes of opportunity where victims experience expensive vehicle damage – especially to windows, doors and locks. Now, groups are targeting large parking locations like shopping centers, housing communities, parks and schools where multiple vehicles can be hit in a short time span.

Luckily, vehicle prowls are preventable. Use these easy and inexpensive tips to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of vehicle prowl:

When Parking:
-Use a garage or secure location whenever possible
-Park in well-lit areas where your car can be seen
-Avoid isolated areas. Park near locations frequently used by pedestrians
-If you hear something suspicious (shattering glass) or see someone looking into vehicles, call 911
-Roll up the windows and lock all doors
-Secure the trunk, hatches, bed-mounted tool boxes, and canopies
-Activate your alarm
-Install anti-theft devices

Remove these items:
-Cameras
-CD player and CD’s
-Cell phones
-Checkbooks
Clothing
-Credit/debit, gift cards
-Day planner
-Electronic devices
-Garage door opener
-GPS unit
-Jewelry
-Keys
-Laptop
-Luggage or bags
-Mail
-Purses
-Receipts/statements
-Store bags or packages
-Tools
-Vehicle insurance, title and registration information
-Wallets

Colby The Crime Prevention Dog says, “Put your junk in the trunk!”

Address/Location
Everett Police Department
3002 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA 98201

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 425-257-8400

Everett Police
Crime Prevention Unit
crimeprevention@ci.everett.wa.us
425-257-7497

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