CRIME TRACKER: Property crimes rising

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Joyriding punks are likely behind an outbreak of broken windows and slashed tires in Kennewick. The KEPR Crime Tracker learned these property crimes are up. and police say it's difficult to consistently prevent this type of damage.

It's a crime police can't seem to get ahead of, malicious mischief is an aggressive form of vandalism that leave many victims reaching directly into their pocket books.

Victims like Esteban Zarate, "I came outside to get something out of my vehicle and just saw it, I was in complete shock."

Monday night, Zarate was shocked to find his driver's side window smashed in. It was the first time he had parked his car on the street, but to his surprise, nothing was taken.

"I was very annoyed that they didn't do anything else, there was no point to what they were doing just because vehicles going by and that's it," said Zarate.

That limited damage often means you have to pay out of pocket for repairs rather than file an insurance claim.

Zarate's damage was just one of six incidents of malicious within the last week in Kennewick. Reports ranged from broken windows to slashed tires to reports of kids shooting a BB gun out of a moving car. There is no real method to the madness.

"There are incidents of vandalism that take place everyday, all over the place, in any community, what we see that is difficult or out of the ordinary is a series of these taken place," said Mike Blatman of the Kennewick Police Department.

Police say more often than not, kids are the ones responsible. Unfortunately for those like Zarate, Kennewick police say that this is a problem that will not go away.

"I don't think there is anyway to get out in front of vandalism if you don't know whose doing it," said Blatman.

"I am hoping that police can be able to keep an eye out and make sure that it doesn't happen as much," said Zarate.

Police say they can't fight this alone because these incidents are often unplanned and victims are picked at random, police hope you'll quickly call in anything suspicious.