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Spokane man catches car prowlers on security footage in Perry District

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Erin McCarty caught car prowlers on security cameras at his house in the Perry area Erin McCarty caught car prowlers on security cameras at his house in the Perry area
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Car prowlers in the Perry District don't seem to be deterred by security measures to prevent them from committing crimes. 

Erin McCarty and his neighbors say they are running out of options as numerous cars have been broken into in the past few weeks. McCarty has lived in the area for about five years, and while he says he's seen crime in the area, it has been getting much worse over the past couple of months. McCarty has the proof to back up his claim. 

Twice in the past three weeks, McCarty's security cameras captured car prowlers not only on the street, but in his driveway as well. Footage shows a team of at least two people working together to go through cars on the street and in driveways.

The Spokane Police Department says the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to set up security cameras and report the crime as soon as it happens. As seen in the video provided by McCarty, he's already set up cameras and  says he's called police, but so far, that hasn't helped. Police say theft reports help them track crime trends, so they can take that data and target specific areas and Spokane Police are reviewing McCarty's footage. 

Spokane Police also recommend taking your valuables out of your car, locking your doors, and parking in well-lit areas with high traffic. Police want to hear your reports, so if you see a crime in progress, call 911, and if the crime has already happened, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

According to the latest report from the Spokane Police Department, property crimes in Spokane are down nearly 13 percent when compared to last year, but are up 1.5 percent in the past month. 

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