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New Bill Hopes to Lessen Vehicle Prowls

February 28, 2013

In both Grays Harbor and Pacific County, an increased number of vehicle prowls have been reported recently.

A bill approved by the State Senate is taking aim at the increasing number of property crimes in Washington.

Everett Sen. Nick Harper says a spike in vehicle prowls has prompted him to sponsor Senate Bill 5053, which would change the penalty for car prowling from a gross misdemeanor to a Class C felony for anyone convicted of vehicle prowling for a third time.

Sen. Harper said “While more retributive punishments aren’t necessarily always effective to reduce crime rates, certainty is shown to be an effective deterrent. So that certainty of having a felony conviction on one’s record, we hope, is a substantial step towards trying to reduce these rates in our communities.”

Police in both counties remind everyone to lock their vehicles and houses. These crimes are crimes of opportunity and by simply securing your cars and not leaving valuables visible inside you greatly reduce the possibility of becoming a victim.


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