In the wake of a surge in Silverdale area car prowls, John Hunter’s GPS device went missing. His family, who recently moved from North Carolina, had heard of an increase in crime in the area.
A neighbor had an SUV stolen right out of their driveway; the son of a nearby teacher they know also had a car taken and completely stripped of all its valuable parts.
Then last November, the crime came to them. “We notified the police the next day and filed a report,” he said of the stolen GPS device.
Hunter, whose family runs a small family business, is not alone in being victimized. Car prowls in Silverdale have jumped from 40 in 2006 to 224 in 2008. But he did something everyone should do: he took action to safeguard his home.
“We were quite upset about this theft and have since placed motion sensor lighting out front,” he wrote me. “Nightly we keep all doors locked including both cars.”
His story — unlike many crime victims — also has a happy ending.
Much to the Hunters’ surprise, the GPS device turned up — in the possession of a 19-year-old car prowler caught in the act.
“The man was found in a stolen car with several items he had taken that evening,” Hunter said. “It is my understanding he was car prowling on a regular basis in the Ridgetop area.”
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