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Improve in burglaries at Western Washington auto sellers, restore retailers

Watch out subsequent time you’re taking your automotive in for an oil change and drop it off the evening earlier than. Auto sellers and restore retailers are more and more changing into a goal of burglars across the Puget Sound area.

Dramatic rise in automotive thefts blamed on new Washington state regulation

From Bellevue to Olympia, burglars are reportedly breaking into dealerships and mechanics’ retailers, typically by ramming their automobiles into service entrances.

Typically, the article of the housebreaking seems to be the keys to the automobiles on website — both the dealership’s personal automobiles or the keys that individuals drop off when having their automobiles labored on. The criminals both steal the automobiles on the time of the housebreaking, or return later for them.

This occurred early Friday morning at Nissan of Olympia, when burglars rammed a automotive into the service entrance to get in. John Brown, the dealership’s common supervisor, stated that the burglars took the keys to 2 automobiles that have been ready for service.

“They did take a buyer’s automotive, so what they’re actually doing is wanting on the service drive to see if there’s any evening drop, as a result of prospects will drop automobiles off at evening,” Brown stated. “They bought [two cars], however we’ve recovered one of many automobiles already — we’ve bought one automotive that we’re nonetheless in search of.”

The Puget Sound Auto Theft Process Pressure, made up of police from totally different businesses, is placing a particular emphasis towards catching the burglars. The duty drive is recommending that auto sellers and restore retailers put any keys dropped off after hours in a protected or related safe storage system, so they may not be simply accessed by any trespassers. The duty drive additionally suggests upgrading video techniques and protecting parking heaps well-lit.

Brown stated that his dealership already has a safe key drop, however he and his colleagues plan to additional fortify the constructing by reinforcing the big glass home windows and blocking entrances with automobiles.

“If you happen to suppose you’re safe, you’re not safe. They’re all the time going to attempt to discover a method, they’re all the time looking for new methods, proper?” Brown stated. “So we’re blocking each entrance attainable with our personal automobiles. I imply, each automotive dealership has sufficient automobiles to dam.”