By Caleb Hutton
It seemed like a lot more vehicle prowls than usual were reported this week on the Bellingham police log.
So to better understand any trends, I decided to visualize vehicle break-ins from June 16 to 22, with help from Google Maps.
Here are the takeways:
- Don’t leave your car unlocked.
- Right now, that’s really good advice if you park near the Lake Padden trails.
- Or if you live in the numbered streets east of Interstate 5.
- Not a single vehicle prowl was reported in Fairhaven this week.
View Bellingham vehicle prowls and thefts from June 16 to 22 in a larger map
And a few more things to keep in mind:
- Each point represents a single case. A case might include two break-ins. If two cases were filed in the same 100 block, I changed the last two digits of the address to “01″ or “02,” for the sake of seeing it better on the map.
- This only maps to the nearest 100 block (for example, 1155 N. State St. would come up as the 1100 block of North State Street).
- By my hand count, that’s about 40 vehicle prowls, a couple of vehicle thefts and one vehicle arson. Only one arrest.
- These are only reported crimes. Many more may have gone unreported.