With our first big holiday of the Fall and Winter season behind us, police say they are now keeping a close eye on shifts in crime along with more car accidents.
The main reason, officers say, is pretty simple. The colder weather makes for slicker streets and harsher road conditions. Also in the Fall and Winter months police expect people to start shopping for the holidays which can make car prowls rise.
"We warn people against vehicle break-ins at the holidays. Don't leave your packages in your cars at the mall because your car is going to get broken into. It's just a crime of opportunity," Kennewick officer Michelle Pitts said.
Officers say they are always seeing purses and bags left on the front seat with the doors unlocked. Be sure to put packages in the trunk and lock all of your car doors.