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Police Station Kiosk Fights Local Car Thefts

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - People in the Tri-Cities have an easy opportunity to learn about car thefts happening in their neighborhoods.

The Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority has set up an informational kiosk at the Kennewick Police Department, focusing on car prowling in the region.

With just a few taps on the touch screen, you can see where cars have been stolen in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland, as well as Benton and Franklin Counties. It also has videos where officers explain and show you how you can stay safe.

"You can scroll through, you can watch the videos," said Sergeant Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department, "you can listen to messages from the chiefs and the sheriffs in the area, and just get yourself educated not to be a victim."

The WATPA kiosk is part of a state wide program to cut down on car prowling, funded through part of the $10 surcharge on traffic fines.

If you'd like to check it out, officers say the kiosk will stay at the Kennewick Police station through the first week in August, before it moves to the Benton County Sheriff's Office for the next month. After that, it will continue a rotation through the participating police and sheriff departments in the Tri-Cities region.