Nice neighborhoods still getting hit by car prowls

YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima cars aren't being broken into and rifled through as often as they once were. Fewer reports for car prowls were made in recent months compared to the same time last year, but the nicer areas of Yakima are still getting hit. The main hot spots for prowlers are north of Nob Hill and west of 1st Street.

"It's happened too many times in my lifetime. You would think it'd only happen once in a while, but I've seen it quite a few times since I've been in the area," said Jacob Graham, who lives in West Valley.

Jacob's roommate, Tyler Rupert, just bought a new car and doesn't want it to be vandalized.

"Usually they break the window, or I've seen them pull the door frame out and get in that way," Tyler said.

Tyler and his roommate have some basic strategies to keep that new car safe.

"Park under lights and make sure you're aware of your own neighborhood. If you hear something, look out the window, check on your car," Jacob said.

More people may have been heeding that same advice. Yakima Police tell KIMA car prowls have fallen significantly. From October 2012 until now, Yakima has seen 331 cars prowled.The same time last year, there were 536. Police credit effective patrol work.