Olympia, WA - The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is advising citizens of an increase in Vehicle Prowls and Auto Thefts in the greater Thurston County area. The Sheriff's Office tells us while this is a problem county wide, the largest increase has been to the West and Southwest areas.
Please take precautions to assist in preventing these crimes. Some of these include removing items of value from your vehicle whenever possible. Please do not leave firearms unattended in a vehicle for any reason. Any access devices such as credit cards, checks, or other financial information can also be used by criminals to steal your money and /or identity.
Keep your vehicle locked and in a well lit or public location whenever possible. Never keep the title to the vehicle in the vehicle, and a car alarm is also a good idea.
If you do experience a theft of items in the vehicle, or the vehicle itself, make sure to promptly report it to Law Enforcement. If the crime is clear, call the Thurston County non-emergency number for crime reporting: (360) 704-2740.
For any crime in progress, call 911.