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Cars Broken Into Because Drivers Keeping Their Windows Cracked

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police said a man's truck was stolen Monday after he left it unlocked with the windows down.

With temperatures reaching over 100 degrees this summer many drivers are leaving their windows cracked to keep the inside of their vehicles a little cooler, but police said this is not a good idea.

Kennewick Police Sergeant Trevor White said most of these crimes can be prevented and that there are a lot of things people can do to reduce their chances of being a victim.

He said, "I don't think the benefit really is out weighted by leaving your windows down because the security issue is the utmost importance."

Police report that there have been a number of break-ins in several parts of the Tri-Cities.

In recent weeks, criminals have gotten away with money, golf clubs, golf shoes, cigarettes, tools, computers and all sorts of expensive personal items after they broke into cars throughout the Tri-Cities.  Police said many times suspects will walk the street checking each vehicle to see if owners have left their cars unlocked.

White said this is a crime of opportunity and residences can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a victim by keeping the vehicles locked and their windows up.