SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Monday night the Salt Lake City Police Department engaged in a strategic operation to curtail vehicle burglaries, also known as “car prowls,” in the downtown area. It’s a part of the city that has seen a recent spike in such activity.
From mid-August to mid-November this year, there were 324 reported car prowls compared to 446 during the same period in 2011. However, entering the holiday shopping season, the data was beginning to show spikes of activity downtown, according to investigators, who initiated last night’s operation as a result.
Although contact was made with subjects throughout the evening, there were no arrests or incidents reported during the operational period.
To reduce the likelihood of becoming the victim of a property crime police suggest people keep their valuables out of sight or in the trunk when parking a car downtown, on a street or in front of a home.