State park parking areas considered 'target-rich' for vehicle prowlers - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

State park parking areas considered 'target-rich' for vehicle prowlers

















(Thieves know that when they see someone park and leave their
vehicle, they will be gone for more than enough time for the suspect
to break into and ransack the car or truck. File Photo)


SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A Spokane family learned the hard way last Sunday that speed matters when reporting the loss or theft of credit or debit cards.

The victim called Crime Check and said she, her husband and their daughter had parked their car at the military cemetery off Government Way about 10 a.m. that Sunday. She hid her purse beneath other items and locked the car.

The family walked the Centennial Trail to the TJ Meenach Bridge and then returned to the car, a trip that took about an hour.  In that amount of time, the car had been broken into and her purse stolen.

She immediately called her banks, but learned one card had already been used to purchase gasoline, another had been used to buy $100 in items from a Safeway, and another had been used to purchase $200 in merchandise from a Hastings Book Store.

Her banks canceled the cards to prevent any more fraudulent purchases.

County and state park parking areas, as well as Centennial Trail parking lots, are considered target-rich environments for vehicle prowlers.  These thieves know that when they see someone park and leave their vehicle, they will be gone for more than enough time for the suspect to break into and ransack the car or truck.

For this reason, law enforcement professionals urge park and trail participants to either leave valuables at home or to lock them in the trunk which is less susceptible to being prowled.  When thefts do occur, victims should immediately notify their lending institutions to place a fraud block on their credit or debit cards.

Another consideration is to immediately check your home, since thieves can determine where you live from the vehicle registration. In a case like Sunday's, they might target the home for a burglary knowing that at least most of the family is away from the home for a substantial period of time. 

- Spokane County Sheriff's Office

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man arrested in North Spokane for assaulting ex-girlfriend

    Man arrested in North Spokane for assaulting ex-girlfriend

    Friday, September 22 2017 2:25 AM EDT2017-09-22 06:25:16 GMT
    Man arrested in North Spokane for assaulting ex-girlfriendMan arrested in North Spokane for assaulting ex-girlfriend

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On September 21st, just before 5:30 pm Officers responded to a home in the area of Mansfield and Ash. A woman told police that her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Brandon Vanlanham, was assaulting her. The woman stated she had a restraining order against Vanlanham, which Police confirmed. When officers arrived to the home, they discovered that Vanlanham had fled the scene.  About two hours later the woman called 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - On September 21st, just before 5:30 pm Officers responded to a home in the area of Mansfield and Ash. A woman told police that her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Brandon Vanlanham, was assaulting her. The woman stated she had a restraining order against Vanlanham, which Police confirmed. When officers arrived to the home, they discovered that Vanlanham had fled the scene.  About two hours later the woman called 

    >>
  • Toddler dies after being hit by truck in church parking lot

    Toddler dies after being hit by truck in church parking lot

    Thursday, September 21 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-09-22 00:21:04 GMT

    PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) - An 18-month-old girl has died after she was struck by a truck in the parking lot of a church in Parkland. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the girl was taken to a hospital late Tuesday where she died of her injuries. The department says a 35-year-old female driver had been parked in front of the Lamb of God Christian Community Church Tuesday night. After talking to a relative, the woman pulled her truck 

    >>

    PARKLAND, Wash. (AP) - An 18-month-old girl has died after she was struck by a truck in the parking lot of a church in Parkland. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the girl was taken to a hospital late Tuesday where she died of her injuries. The department says a 35-year-old female driver had been parked in front of the Lamb of God Christian Community Church Tuesday night. After talking to a relative, the woman pulled her truck 

    >>
  • Argument between friends outside Buffalo Wild Wings ends in shooting

    Argument between friends outside Buffalo Wild Wings ends in shooting

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:20 PM EDT2017-09-21 21:20:42 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Detectives arrested a 42-year-old man for two counts of 1st Degree Assault Wednesday night after an argument turned violent. The Spokane Valley Police Department says Chad Dobson asked a friend to meet at Buffalo Wild Wings Wednesday night to talk about the victim's treatment of his soon-to-be ex-wife. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Detectives arrested a 42-year-old man for two counts of 1st Degree Assault Wednesday night after an argument turned violent. The Spokane Valley Police Department says Chad Dobson asked a friend to meet at Buffalo Wild Wings Wednesday night to talk about the victim's treatment of his soon-to-be ex-wife. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/