High season for car prowls on the hill

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Sara

MV reader Jerry writes:
After 21 years of living here without incident we were awakened @ 4 AM this morning to our car alarm going off in front of our house and the sound of a car roaring off. Got outside and discovered a broken window and an opened car door. Phoned 911 and got two patrol cars out in less than 10 minutes. The officer thought it was likely they were attempting to steal our vehicle. We normally park in our garage on the alley. From this day forward we will only be parking in our garage! This occurred in the 2600 block of 28th W. Don’t know if any other cars were tampered with last night. Remind your readers to remove valuables, lock your car and investigate when you hear something!!!
This is why we don’t buy new cars. Who wants to spend 30K on something that can disappear in moments? Surprised we were targeted given that this car is 16 years old. The repair bill was over $200 also, older cars so why set the comp limit down that low? If someone hits it the insurance company would total the car anyway….There is nolthing victimless about property crime when you have to pay for repairs and you lose your sense of security.

9 responses to “High season for car prowls on the hill”

  1. ninaf says:

    They don’t steal new cars. They like the old ones… google most stolen cars. The list was released a couple days ago:

    1. 1994 Honda Accord
    2. 1998 Honda Civic
    3. 2006 Ford pickup (full size)
    4. 1991 Toyota Camry
    5. 2000 Dodge Caravan
    6. 1994 Acura Integra
    7. 1999 Chevrolet pickup (full size)
    8. 2004 Dodge pickup (full size)
    9. 2002 Ford Explorer
    10. 1994 Nissan Sentra

  2. billybibbet says:

    +1. New cars have more complicted key systems and electronic immobilizers making them more difficult to steal. Older cars simply have an ignition lock and sometimes an easily defeated alarm horn.

  3. lizbit says:

    We haven’t had any issue with our cars, but we have had several items stolen. We had two packages taken from our front stoop. Our neighbors found the empty boxes in their yard.

  4. BicycleJoe says:

    The alarm saved your car. This happens everyday in Seattle. The same thing happend to me on QA one evening and my glass repair bill was also about $200 for a tiny rear window. I will tell you that a skilled car burgular knows how to smash a car window WITHOUT setting off the alarm. I didnt know that was possible but I do now. Still glad that I have the alarm though.

  5. Guest says:

    Get better car insurance if you have to pay for those smashed windows!

  6. Snarkbark says:

    Live by the water tower and my car was vandalized for the first time in 5 years (how long I have lived here). Happened in July. Luckily the car was unlocked and they got nothing of value. Didn’t even bother to take the spare change. They are after electronics and other valuable items. Think I’ll leave a package of adult diapers in the backseat so they think “they are old and don’t have any gizmos”. Maybe for good effect and I’ll take one out and put chunky peanut butter on it too….

  7. anonymous says:

    my car was rifled through last night on the 2600 block of 28th as well. I leave the doors unlocked so I don’t have to replace windows.

  8. j. says:

    our car got stolen after 3 weeks of living in magnolia…2300 block of viewmont way w (in the alley, ellinor)…it has been almost a month so basically it’s gone now…gray passat if anyone sees it! very surprised it happened.

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