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#STAYSAFE: Yakima Police Try to Lower Car Left With Stickers

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Auto thefts have been a persistent problem in the Yakima Valley.

Yakima Police say they've seen a drop in the last ten years, but it's still an issue they're working on.

They're starting a new program, “Watch Your Car” that they hope will cut those numbers down even further.

The number of cars getting stolen in Yakima may have dropped since the early 2000's, but police spokesman Mike Bastinelli told us it's still an issue.

They average anywhere from three to seven reports a day for stolen cars.

“Even though our numbers have dropped significantly it's still a problem we're just trying to do everything we possibly can to reduce the number of cars stolen,” Bastinelli explained.

It's nothing too flashy, just a sticker, but if you don't normally drive between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. it could reduce car thefts.

Residents can sign up and put these stickers on their cars. If Yakima Police see the vehicle between 1 and 5 a.m. they can pull the driver over to verify the car isn't stolen.

We checked in with residents to see what they think about this new tool to combat auto theft. One woman told us she thinks it's a great idea and is glad the police department is taking action against car thieves.

“They're trying to fix it you know? Whether or not people are going to like it or not is another story, but at least they're trying to do something about it and they're offering people the option,” Yakima resident, Sarai Lunna, told KNDO.

However it's not for everyone, another woman we spoke with told us she didn't see the point and thought it could be bad in times of emergency.

“What's the point of having it? If your wife goes into labor at 2 a.m. and you're driving to the hospital, what are you going to do? What is a cop going to pull you over?” Yakima resident, Angel Cunningham, told KNDO as she questioned the new program.

It's a free service and entirely up to the owner of the car to sign up. 

You can go to the police department front desk to ask for an application or sign up online.

The program will begin the first week of March.
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