Watch out when you park your car in Discovery Park. The Seattle PI.com did an analysis of car prowl incidents for Seattle from 1989 to May, 2007 and they found that they most common block for car prowls in the city is the 3800 block of West Government Way, the parking area inside Discovery Park. The survey was part of a story the PI did following the arrest last week of a man suspected in a string of robberies in Seattle. Read the story here.
Thieves also prefer the 200 block of Mercer Street, near KeyArena. Parking lots around Green Lake are also popular, with two blocks on the east and west sides of the lake accounting for at least 949 car prowls combined since 1989. The good news is that the number of reported car prowls dropped by nearly 30 percent in 2006. The bad news is that of the roughly $6.2 million in property taken that year, only about five percent was recovered, according to Seattle police records.
Next to always locking your car, keeping it clear of any valuable including backpacks, purses and even loose change in the console is the best way to avoid car prowls according to Seattle Police.