Police E-Alert: Garage Burglaries and Lake Boren Park Car Prowls
Posted on 06/28/2017

Recently we have seen an increase in residential garage burglaries, specifically at night. The suspects are simply walking into garages through open doors, and then stealing items in the garages and prowling the cars parked inside. 

We have also seen an increase in vehicle prowls at Lake Boren Park mainly between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The thieves are using the stolen credit cards before people even realize they have been victims. If you are visiting the park, please be sure to remove valuables from your car. 

If you see suspicious activity, you may call 911 or our non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, to report it (program the number into your cell phone now, before you need it).

If you have any information that may help solve these crimes, contact Detective Chris Leyba at 206-850-7446 or at christopher.leyba@kingcounty.gov. You may also file an anonymous tip at Anonymous Tips.

A few safety reminders:

— Park your cars inside a closed and locked garage

— Always remove anything of value from your vehicle, no matter where you park—keys, wallets, computers, GPS

— If parking outside, remove items that may appear to conceal items (coats on seats, bags, etc) and lock your cars

— Before going to bed, make sure your garage door is closed (officers may contact you if they find your door open to be sure no crime occurred)

— Always lock the door leading from inside your garage into your house

— Use timers on lights and motion sensors to light the perimeter of your house if someone comes into the area

— Lock your doors and windows even when you are home

— If you have an alarm system, use it (it does not have to be monitored to be effective).

— Take advantage of the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program. Forms may be submitted through the city web site at Vacation House Check or at City Hall. 

We encourage you to work with your neighbors to prevent crimes in your area, start planning your National Night Out event now. National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Newcastle is a very safe place to live; our partnership with the community will keep it that way. Thank you for your help.

(Via Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine)

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