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Theft from a vehicle is known as a car prowl and is the unlawful taking of motor vehicle contents or parts. A car prowl can be completed in a minute or less and a significant number of these crimes occur at night.
Methods of Entry
Breaking of a window
Using a wedge to gain access
Items Frequently Stolen
Electronics: Iphones, laptops, etc.
Wallets and purses
Personal information: Mail, vehicle registration, etc.
Shopping bags with items.
Keep the interior of your car clean. Don't leave anything appearing to be valuable in plain view.
Remove garage door openers, or house keys from your car so the car prowler cannot gain access to your home.
Don't store or leave credit cards, identification, or personal information in your glove box or anywhere in your car.
If you have valuables, put them in your trunk.
Always remove keys, roll up windows, lock your car and set alarm (if any).
If possible, store car in closed and locked garage.
If your car is in the open, leave exterior lights on throughout the night.
Consider replacing light fixtures closest to your car with a motion detector unity. Motion detectors are good deterrents causing a thief to think that someone has seen them.
Park in a busy, well lighted area. Avoid parking near anything that limits visibility such as dumpsters, large trucks, etc.
Avoid leaving your car in unattended parking lots for long periods of time.
When you pay to park in a garage, leave just the ignition key. Make sure no personal information is attached. Do the same when you take your car for repairs.
Organize a neighborhood watch. The people who live on your block are most likely to recognize suspicious activity.
Be observant when you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area.
Report suspicious behavior to police.
What To Do If Your Car Is Broken Into
Report the crime to the police.
If crime is in progress, call 911. If not, call the non-emergency number.
Moses Lake Non-Emergency Number 509-762-1160
If thief is caught, request to pursue charges!
401 S. Balsam | P.O. Box 1579
Moses Lake, WA 98837 | Ph: (509) 764-3701
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