Increase in vehicle thefts, prowls, prompts local warning
HOQUIAM, Wash. – An increase in vehicle thefts and prowls in Aberdeen and Hoquiam has prompted local authorities to warn their residents.
Hoquiam Officer James Gaddis tells us so far there have been a total of six vehicle prowls, five of which have occurred within a few block radius in the west side of the city, including O street, Eklund, 3rd and Spruce streets.
All but two of the vehicles prowled were left unlocked. Items taken include two firearms, stereo equipment, and GPS system. All incidents appear to have occurred overnight.
Police Chief Jeff Myers said they are asking residents to make sure they lock their doors, do not leave valuables in the car and immediately report suspicious persons or activity.
Hoquiam Crime Watch Volunteers will be going through the neighborhoods today posting flyers on parked vehicles in the impacted area to spread the word.
Crimereports.com shows 26 incidents this month, and 11 vehicles recovered in Aberdeen and Hoquiam.