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Vehicle prowlings in Northwest Spokane unusually high

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Crime Analysts are tracking the increasing number of vehicle prowling activity throughout Spokane. Police say the Shadle Park and Emerson Garfield Neighborhoods have been particularly high in recent weeks.

Police say reports this week from Northwest Spokane are unusually high, at least double from any other week in the past year and say this week will be the highest weekly total in recent years.

Shadle is about 8 times higher than it typically averages; Emerson Garfield 5 times higher than average; Lincoln Heights 2 ½ times higher than normal. Other areas of the city (although activity is present) do not exceed what police typically see on a weekly basis.

Nearly all the incidents are occurring at night. Entry is typically window smash and targeted items have been loose valuables and car stereo equipment. So far, police say they haven't seen fraud stemming from any of the more recent incidents in Northwest Spokane.

Police are actively watching this trend and detectives are following up leads.

Police say you should follow the motto "When in doubt, take it out," adding that you need to secure all of your valuable items either out of sight or in the trunk of their vehicle.

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