Tukwila Police Offering Free “Clubs” To Honda Owners
The Tukwila Police Department has partnered with the Preventing Auto Theft Through Regional Operational Links (PATROL) Task Force to distribute free steering wheel lock devices (aka “The Club”) to the owners of Honda Accords and Civics manufactured between 1991 to 1998. These are some of the most commonly targeted vehicles by auto thieves.
Ten area police departments are participating in this program.
To get yours, contact Chris Partman of the Tukwila PD at 206-431-2197.
Here’s more info from a press release:
Due to the increase in thefts of Honda vehicles, several local police agencies are making The Club available to owners of 1991-1998 Honda Accords and Civics free of charge as part of the statewide authority to reduce vehicle crimes.
In 2007, the legislator created the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA) in the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). The Authority consists of 10 Governor appointees serving staggered terms. Representatives of law enforcement, prosecution, the auto industry, the insurance industry, the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and the private sector are included as members of the Authority. WATPA aims to reduce vehicle theft across the state and funds several regional task forces.
The Preventing Auto Theft Through Regional Operational Links (PATROL) Task Force is made up of all South King County police departments and Bonney Lake and Sumner Police Departments. Several cities which contract for police services with the King County Sheriffs Office also participate in PATROL.
As part of the PATROL task force’s auto theft prevention strategies, local police departments have a quantity of the steering wheel locking devices (The Club) available for free. To obtain the free Clubs, Honda owners must prove Honda ownership by showing a current Department of Licensing registration at one of the participating police departments. This offer is available only while supplies last.
“Vehicle thefts continue to be a crime plaguing the South King and North Pierce County areas. Remember, vehicle crimes are most of the time preventable. We know that auto thieves target certain vehicles and we hope through this initiative, the public will become better aware of their ability to prevent auto theft from occurring. Using devices such as The Club is absolutely recommended and a huge deterrent to auto thieves,” said Kent Police Lieutenant John Pagel, who also commands the PATROL Task Force.The Clubs are available for pick up at several police departments.
Other participating police departments and contacts are:
- Covington PD: Chief Kevin Klason, 253-638-1110
- Des Moines PD: Tonya Seaberry, 206-870-7619
- Federal Way PD: Kelly Crouch, 253-835-6710
- Kent PD: Sara Wood, 253-856-5851
- Maple Valley PD: Robin Larsen, 425-413-5158
- Newcastle PD: Aleta Phillips, 425-649-4444
- Renton PD: Cyndie Parks, 425-430-7521
- SeaTac PD: Ofc. Doug Reynolds, 206-973-4904
- Sumner PD: Det. Troy Nikolao, 253-299-5655