SPOKANE, Wash.-- Spokane Police announced a new plan in July to help protect vulnerable car owners from theft. The department planned to hand-out 250 "club" anti-theft devices at its upcoming Coffee with a Cop event.
Coffee with a Cop is an opportunity for officers to meet with the public and discuss local issues without pressure. Community members can attend one of two informal meetings on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Java Junction on North Market Street. The first is from 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. The second is from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Police will hand-out anti-theft devices to owners of Honda Civics and other high risk vehicles on a first-come, first-serve basis. Honda Civics are some of the most frequently stolen cars in the state of Washington according to police. Here is the full list of vehicles that will qualify:
- Honda Civic/Accord (1983-2005)
- Toyota Camry (1984-2005)
- Subaru Legacy (1990-2005)
- Jeep Cherokee (1985-2005)
- Ford Explorer (1990-2005)
- Dodge Caravan (1985-2010)
- Ford Escape (1990-2000)
- Subaru Impreza (1990-2005)
- Nissan Sentra (1985-2000)
“This time we have a little bit of an agenda,” said Teresa Fuller with the Spokane Police Department “We want to help people keep their cars safe.”
Spokane County was listed as the fourth biggest hot-spot for vehicle theft in the state of Washington. More than 1,400 cars were reported stolen in the first several months of 2014, which is less than the number of cars reported stolen during the same period in 2013. Police officers said they wanted to build on the momentum.
“You know, as a police department, most of the time we do something, it’s reactive,” said Fuller. “And so this is a definite proactive approach to car theft so we can hopefully see some of those numbers drop by helping people out.”
The department received a $365,000 grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority to help fund the program. The organization also helps fund officer training and community education.