YPD: Car prowling on the rise; urging owners to take precautions

YAKIMA, Wash. - Police want Yakima residents to stay extra vigilant after an increase in car prowls.

YPD says there are a few steps car owners can take to avoid being a victim.

“Car owners can reduce the chances of their car being broken into by making it less of a target,” said Lt. Shawn Boyle.

Officials urge drivers to not leave valuable items in plain sight or simply remove them from the car. Owners can also lock them in the trunk, reducing the possibility of your car being broken into.

Also, park in a well-lit area. This will lower the risk of a theft prowling around your car.

“People can also help by reporting any suspicious activity around cars parked in their neighborhood, at their workplace, or really anywhere they might be,” Boyle said.

If you see suspicious activity, call police immediately. 

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