Jeff Humphrey

A Look Inside a Thief’s Playbook

Jeff Humphrey, Media Content Coordinator, 509.625.6308

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:51 p.m.

The warmer weather is finally here. It’s time to take your family away on vacation but unfortunately, no one celebrates the arrival of spring and summer more than local property thieves.

“We’re opening up our doors and windows. Loading up the car for a road trip. All signs crooks look for, when deciding which home to burglarize,” warned Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl.

Burglars cruise our neighborhoods in search homes flying red flags that indicate the people who live there are out of town.

Uncollected mail, piles of newspapers in the driveway. If someone hasn’t taken in your trashcans after garbage pickup, you’re telegraphing your place is unoccupied.

Thieves case their targets carefully. If they can hear you mowing the lawn in the back yard, they might sneak inside your front door.

“And don’t forget to keep your garage door closed, even when you’re home. It’s an invitation to crime and just takes seconds for someone to ride or walk away with your gear,” added Meidl.

So what happens if, despite your best efforts, someone does break into your home or car?

“If you took the time to record the serial numbers of your valuables before they were stolen, there’s a chance the Spokane Police Department can help you get your stuff back,” Meidl said of his officer’s ability crosscheck the serial numbers of suspected stolen property with police reports.

You can also make your property less attractive to thieves by engraving your drivers’ license number on electronics and power tools.

“So get out and enjoy the great weather but don’t let thieves ruin your summer. Take the time to protect your property and valuables,” urged Meidl.

For more information on making your home as less attractive target to crime, contact your nearest C.O.P.S. substation.

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