Shelton Police Highlight Success of Auto Theft Prevention Initiative

The Shelton Police Department has seen a significant reduction in the number of reported auto thefts in 2017. During January through April of 2016, there were 28 reported auto thefts in Shelton. This year, that number has dropped to only 15.

In March of 2017, Shelton Police received a grant through the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) for the purchase of anti-theft devices, and community outreach efforts related to auto theft prevention. Thanks to the WATPA funding, the Department has hosted three community meetings on auto theft prevention in both English and Spanish, and distributed 50 anti-theft devices to members of the community at no cost. Shelton Police have also partnered with several neighborhood watch groups to promote auto theft prevention throughout the City. Since the beginning of March, the number of reported auto thefts in Shelton is down by 57% compared to 2017.

Due to the success of the current auto theft prevention programs, Shelton Police have received additional funding for the purchase of another 50 anti-theft devices that are available to City residents that have “at risk” vehicles. Those who would like an anti-theft device for their vehicle are encouraged to stop by the City of Shelton Police Department at 525 W Cota Street, Shelton, Washington 98584.

The Shelton Police Department is also partnering with the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce this month for a two day Business Watch Academy to provide the local business community with information about crime prevention techniques, crime reporting, and information exchange processes between businesses and the police. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays (May 16 & 23) and Thursdays (May 18 & 25) from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. While there is no cost to attend, reservations are required. Please RSVP at (360) 426-2021 or info@sheltonchamber.org. More information on the Business Watch Academy can be found online at: https://www.facebook.com/events/479509282394094/