Threat of vehicle prowls grows as warm weather approaches

By KBJR News 1

Threat of vehicle prowls grows as warm weather approaches

May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- As the weather continues to warm up in the Northland, outdoor activity increases and so does the threat of vehicle prowls.

Vehicle prowlers tend to target parks and trail-head parking lots, which fill up more frequently during the spring and summer months.

Duluth police say those who quote "car shop" often look for valuables lying around like purses, wallets, backpacks, laptops, or spare cash.

Tips from officers to avoid vehicle prowlers include keeping all goods in a glove box or out of sight, windows rolled up, and your doors locked.

"If your main destination is to go and use a trail or park your car in a parking lot and that's really all you're out to do, there's no reason to have backpacks and laptop bags, and purses even. Go out and take care of your business and leave the valuable stuff at home. People have no problem smashing other peoples' windows to take what they want," said Officer Russ Bradley east community officer, of the Duluth Police Department.

In 2013 Duluth police responded to 1,383 calls for vehicle prowls.

So far this year there have been about 270 reported vehicle prowls in Duluth, down from 325 at this point last year.

Last week there were ten reported vehicle prowls in Duluth parking ramps.