City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 10
Chapter 10.60
Section 10.60.060

Title 10 Regulation of Activities

Division IV. Local Criminal Violations

Chapter 10.60 Local Criminal Code

Section 10.60.060 Having or Making Vehicle Prowling Tools
  1. Every person who shall make or mend, or cause to be made or mended, or have in his possession, any engine, machine, tool, false key, pick lock, bit, nippers or implement, or any other implement listed in subsection (B) hereof, that is adapted, designed or commonly used for the commission of vehicle prowling, under circumstances evincing an intent to use or employ, or allow the same to be used or employed in the commission of vehicle prowling, or knowing that the same is intended to be so used, shall be guilty of making or having vehicle prowling tools.
  1. The following tools are to be considered prohibited implements:
  1. Slim jim;
  1. False master key;
  1. Master purpose key;
  1. Altered, filed or shaved key;
  1. Trial ("jiggler") keys;
  1. Slide hammer;
  1. Lock puller; or
  1. Any other implement shown by facts and circumstances is intended to be used in the commission of vehicle prowling.
  1. For the purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
  1. “False Master Key” means any key or other device made or altered to fit locks or ignitions of multiple vehicles, or vehicles other than that for which the key was originally manufactured.
  1. “Altered, filed or shaved key” means any key so altered, by cutting, filing, or other means, to fit multiple vehicles, or vehicles other than the vehicle for which the key was originally manufactured.
  1. “Trial ("Jiggler") Keys” means keys or sets designed or altered to manipulate a vehicle locking mechanism other than the lock for which the key was originally manufactured.
  1. A person is guilty of vehicle prowling in the second degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a vehicle other than a motor home, as defined in RCW 46.04.305, or a vessel equipped for propulsion by mechanical means or by sail which has a cabin equipped with permanently installed sleeping quarters or cooking facilities.
  1. It shall be prima facie evidence of circumstances evincing an intent to use for commission of vehicle prowling for a person to be in possession of multiple vehicle keys or altered vehicle keys unless the person is a bona fide locksmith or an employee of a licensed auto dealer or other position for which the possession of such keys is in the performance of the person’s duties.
  1. Making or having vehicle prowling tools is a misdemeanor. A second or subsequent conviction shall be a gross misdemeanor.

Date Passed: Monday, October 3, 2022

Effective Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

ORD C36289 Section 4