According to a recent news report by KING 5 TV, car thefts and car prowls are up in the South Puget Sound region. Police agencies in Snohomish County have not made any announcements about car prowl levels recently.
In Puyallup, the car thieves and car prowlers target strip mall parking lots, gyms and apartment complexes. On bicycles and wearing backpacks, they will scope out cars, break into a promisng target, then quickly ride away. Many are not breaking windows, but are using "jiggler" keys to enter the cars. Top targets are older model Hondas and Acuras.
To avoid becoming a car prowl victim remove everything from view in your car! For more information on car prowl prevention take a look at this Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Tip Sheet:
To prevent your car from being stolen, be sure to lock your car and take your keys with you. Also, devices such as The Club on your steering wheel can help deter potential car thieves. This Tip Sheet gives more ideas to prevent your car from being stolen: