UNION GAP, Wash.-- The Union Gap Police Department says fewer cars are getting broken into in the Valley Mall area.
Last year at this time, police responded to 20 reports of car prowls around the mall. This year, that number is down by almost 50%.
Officers say there's no way to know why the number has gone down so much, but they say people might be doing a better job protecting themselves and their property by keeping cars locked and valuables out of sight.
"I'm one of those type of people, I just never keep anything of value in my rig, or try not to. Stock stereo, you know, something they're not going to want to steal," said James Smith.
Officers say car prowls and thefts typically spike in the summer months, so it's important for people to be aware when they park their cars.