Police warn public of car prowlers

Posted at 11:39 AM, Nov 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-20 20:18:48-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Police said they've seen a spike in vehicle burglaries in the downtown area over the past few months.

With the start of the holiday season and packed parking lots at malls, the police are reminding everyone to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Between mid-August and mid-November, there were 324 reported car prowls. That is down from a year ago, but police said it is still a concern.

"I think the message we want to get out, to these individuals that are doing these things, car prowls and car burglaries, is that we are going to be vigilant, particularly around this time of year with the holidays approaching, we're going to be out in force," said Det. Rick Wall, Salt Lake City Police Department.

Police are employing teams of undercover officers and using night vision equipment to patrol high traffic areas.

Police said there is only so much they can do. Shoppers, diners, those attending Jazz games or going to Temple Square need to do their part by not making it easy for thieves.

Park in well-lit areas whenever possible, lock your vehicle and don't leave valuables inside or in plain view.