City hit with rash of March car break-ins
April 3, 2014
While crime was down in 2013, the Newcastle Police Department received reports of higher-than-usual volumes of car break-ins during March, Chief Melinda Irvine said in a city e-alert.
The thefts occurred at night all across the city. Some of the vehicles were accessed through unlocked doors, some by breaking a window and some by breaking into a locked door.
Items of value that were stolen had been left in plain sight or placed in the glove box or center console in many cases.
If you were a victim of a car break-in that has not been reported, you may report your loss by calling 206-296-3311 or report it online at www.reporttosheriff.org.
Anyone with information or surveillance video that may assist in this investigation, should contact the Newcastle Police Department at 649-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Witnesses can also file an anonymous tip through the city website, www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.
To help prevent car break-ins, the Newcastle Police Department advises residents to close all car windows, lock all doors, park in a well-lit area and do not leave keys in a vehicle.
Car owners should also remove items of value from their vehicles before entering their homes. If you have to leave something in your car, place it in the trunk or other secure location prior to arriving at your destination. Do not do it after you have parked your car.