The Kent Police Department released the crime stats for last week, July 20-26, 2010, along with some helpful crime prevention tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.
Punched door lock and smashed windows: According to Kent PD, these are two popular methods for thieves to use to gain access to your vehicle. To prevent this, always lock your car doors and remove valuables from your vehicle. These items are the most appealing to would-be thieves: GPS units, tools, computers, spare change, sunglasses and cell phone charges.
Full-time DUI patrols are in force: This summer special full-time DUI patrols are patrolling local streets and highways to keep drunk drivers off the road. Kent PD recommends that you be safe and be smart by finding alternative transportation if you’ve been drinking: (1) take public transit; (2) designate a driver to remain sober; and (3) take a taxi.
Never leave children unattended in a vehicle: Did you know that it is illegal to leave your vehicle running with a child in it? In addition, running cars with kids in them are easy targets to thieves, and it is unsafe to leave your child or pet in the car during the summer time. When outdoor temps are 80 or above, the inside temp of your vehicle can escalate to as high as 130 degrees in just an hour!
For more tips like these or to learn more about crime prevention, contact one of the Kent PD’s public education specials:
West Hill – Cesi Velez, 253-856-5884
East Hill – Stacy Judd, 253-856-5883
Valley – Sara Wood, 253-856-5851