Police offer car prowl prevention tips

Apr 24, 2013

Mukilteo police are seeing an increase in reported vehicle prowls these days, especially in Harbour Pointe.

There have been 26 reported car prowls in Mukilteo so far this year. That’s similar to the number of prowls reported in the first quarter of 2012, said Cheol Kang, spokesperson for the Mukilteo Police Department.

“The Harbour Pointe area has seen a slight increase in vehicle prowls, particularly in apartment and condo parking lots,” Kang said.

He said most of the cars were either unlocked or not properly secured, with valuables left in plain sight.

“It does not take a car prowler very long to break a window and be off with your belongings, either,” Kang said.

The police ask that the community be on the watch out for prowlers. Call 911 if you see someone acting suspicious in a parking lot or peering into parked cars.

Here are some tips if you are planning to leave your car unattended in a driveway or in a community parking lot:

1. Always lock your car, roll up the windows and take your keys with you.

2. Do not leave any valuables in your car.

3. If you must leave items in your car, make sure everything, regardless of value, is locked in your trunk or glove box and not visible.

4. Stop and take note of your surroundings before leaving your parked vehicle. If you notice anything suspicious, call 911.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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