If you have been on Nextdoor or Ring lately, you know that there has been no shortage of car prowlers in the area lately. Until this morning (8/3/20202), Parkside has avoided being targeted. Unfortunately, early this morning, a house in our neighborhood was victim to a car prowler. Likely, they did not steal anything, the homeowner caught the person on camera, and has reported it to the Mill Creek Police.
This incident took place at 15325 28th Drive SE, the home of Dorsa and Brett Wixom, at 3:47 AM. Thank you to Dorsa for reporting this. She also mentioned that a neighbor caught the same person stealing 2 packages off their porch right around the same time they prowled her house.
After sending out an email, we received another report that Mike and Mary Nichols at 15511 27th Dr SE were also visited by this car prowler just after 4:01 AM. He actually drove by and then backed up. There is a hypothesis that he probably checked every vehicle parked in the driveway in Parkside that morning.
What can you do to keep your property safe?
It is all of our responsibility to keep not just our own property but our entire neighborhood safe. Therefore, with the help of our resident retired police chief, we have come up with a list of things all Parkside residents can do to prevent another one of us from being targeted. Let's make them wish they never enter Parkside!
Watch the video above to see what the prowler looks like
If you also have security cameras on your house, please review any footage from this morning between 3:00-4:30 AM to see if you captured this person's car or him walking around the neighborhood looking for other targets
Lock car doors & first-floor house windows
Take garage door openers out of cars
Call the police to write a report for a car prowl whether they steal anything or not
Have police write a report for both “trying to steal” and/or “actually stealing”
Get a CASE NUMBER, not an incident number
Collect packages from your front door as soon as possible and if unable, ask a neighbor to hold onto them for you
Contact the HOA so we can inform the rest of the neighborhood
Thank you for your help keeping Parkside safe for everyone! If we follow these best practices, they won’t find what they are looking for and will move on. Please let us know if you have any information about this incident or anything else you'd like us to be aware of.
If you see something, say something!
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