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Multiple vehicle prowls in Richland

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A release from the Richland Police Department:

The Richland Police Department is asking citizens to help combat vehicle prowling and open garage burglaries.

During the past 30 days, 85 vehicles were prowled throughout the city with the majority of the crimes occurring at night. Approximately 78% of these vehicles were unlocked. Money, purses, wallets, computers, GPS units, cell phones, MP3 players and other valuables are often taken.

Recently, burglaries from garages appear to coincide with these vehicle prowls. 17 open garages within the past 30 days were entered. Frequently cars in the garage are prowled but other items of value within the garage are also taken such as tools. Two vehicles were stolen out of garages this month, a 1991 Subaru Legacy and a 2007 Cadillac CTS.

Six people have been arrested within the last 30 days for vehicle prowl bringing the year-to-date total to twenty-eight.

The police have been closely monitoring this activity and have adjusted tactics where appropriate to combat these crimes. However, enforcement is just one part of the solution.

Citizens play a vital role in prevention. Developing the habit of locking vehicles, closing and locking garage doors and not leaving valuables in plain sight is critical. Immediately contacting police when a suspicious person is observed improves an officer's ability to identify suspects and make arrests. If you have been victimized, make a report to the police promptly.

The Richland Police Department provides crime prevention services including the development of neighborhood watch programs and security surveys. These services can be requested at 942-7636. Citizens can see what crimes are occurring in your neighborhood by checking