The Numbers Don’t Lie: Silverdale Car Prowls Have SkyrocketedApril 1st, 2009 by josh farley
There’s no doubt about it — cars in Silverdale are being broken into at an alarming pace this year.
I’d gotten quite a few calls of break-ins, so I queried the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office last week. I asked Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson if he’d seen such car prowls go up.
“It would appear so, even if just based on case report numbers,” he replied.
Here’s the basics: in Silverdale in 2006, 40 prowls and vehicle thefts were reported to the sheriff’s office. That’s where the skyrocketing begins.
In 2007, there were double that — 87.
In 2008, there were 224, more than twice as many once more.
This year, there are 77 already in the first three months, meaning we’re on pace for more than 300.
If you’ve had your car broken into, I’d like to hear from you because we’re at work on a bigger story regarding car prowls.
Below are some great tips to help prevent car theft, courtesy of the Seattle Police Department.
- When you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area.
- Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car.
- Make a habit of locking your garage door and car doors.
- If possible, store your car in a closed and locked garage.
- If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night.
- If you park on the street, choose a well-lit, open space even if it means adding additional street/yard lighting & trimming back trees/bushes that block your view of your vehicle.
- If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, consider the City Light Area Lighting Program, which permits additional light fixtures to be placed on existing poles. The cost is less than $5 per month per light. Call (206) 684-3000 for more information.
- Consider replacing the light fixture closest to your car with a motion detector unit. Motion detectors are a good psychological deterrents since the normal assumption of a person seeing a light come on is that someone has seen them. Additionally, the light makes the prowler or thief more visible.
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