Spokane Police Promotes New Car Prowling Law - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Spokane Police Promotes New Car Prowling Law

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on a measure that would make it a crime to carry tools used for car prowling. 

With property crime up, the Spokane Police Department tells Crime Tracker Kalae Chock this ordinance is one more tool in its tool box to bust the people trying to steal from people in Spokane. 

The ordinance prohibits the possession of vehicle prowling tools; like slim jims, shaved keys, and devices used to break your car window.  Spokane Police can now take a person into custody if they're caught with these items, which are usually used for no good. Captain Judi Carl says officers still have to have probable cause to make an arrest. 

They must look at the totality of circumstances surrounding the possession of these items.  Totality of Circumstances includes the time of day, the area the person is trolling, if they're acting suspiciously and looking through windows, etc.     

The first time a person is caught with prowling tools, they could be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and be fined up to 1 thousand dollars. The second time they're caught with prowling tools, it's considered a gross misdemeanor, which could land a person a year in jail and a 5 thousand dollar fine.

Most importantly, police remind people to help protect themselves by not keeping valuables inside their car and making it less attractive to thieves.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Britain raises terror threat level

    Britain raises terror threat level

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:07:12 GMT
    LONDON (AP) - Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat. The threat level means that a terrorist attack is considered "highly likely," but May insisted Friday there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent.
    LONDON (AP) - Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat. The threat level means that a terrorist attack is considered "highly likely," but May insisted Friday there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent.
  • Early morning house fire near Gary Middle School

    Early morning house fire near Gary Middle School

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:41 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:41:20 GMT
    KHQ.com - Spokane Firefighters responded to a house fire early Friday morning on the 800 block of East Joseph.Crews were called to the scene at 4:45am Friday near Gary Middle School. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly.
    KHQ.com - Spokane Firefighters responded to a house fire early Friday morning on the 800 block of East Joseph.Crews were called to the scene at 4:45am Friday near Gary Middle School. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly.
  • PRIEST LAKE AUCTION: Most families retain lots that were in their family for generations

    PRIEST LAKE AUCTION: Most families retain lots that were in their family for generations

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:39 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:39:26 GMT
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho- The Idaho Department of Lands earned nearly $27 million for Idaho's public school system in the Thursday auction of 59 lakefront lots. 58 of the 59 lots sold went to the original land owners. INSIDE: List of auctioned lots and winning bids
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho- The Idaho Department of Lands earned nearly $27 million for Idaho's public school system in the Thursday auction of 59 lakefront lots. 58 of the 59 lots sold went to the original land owners. INSIDE: List of auctioned lots and winning bids
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.