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Preventing Vehicle Break-Ins: Don't Leave Valuables In Plain Sight

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police want to remind you that as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer to not leave valuables inside your vehicle when you aren’t inside yourself. Every single year around this time break-ins increase and it’s largely because people forget things inside their car and criminals take advantage.

"When my car is parked in front of my house I should be able to leave whatever I want in my car. It's my car, my valuables. But unfortunately it doesn't work that way," Captain Judi Carl said. "We need to be cognoscente of the fact that we are leaving an opportunity for someone.”

Spokane Police say they are encouraged however because the numbers of property crimes in the city have decreased by 7.6% in the past year and they hope that trend continues. Police say nearly 80% of the break-ins in downtown Spokane can be tied to valuables in plain sight.

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