Seattle food truck vendors are seeing an uptick in break-ins and robberies. Because of this, food truck owners need to find safer locations to park their vehicles. This problem can be slowed down with commissary owners who invest more in over night security as well as the local food truck association partnering with local law enforcement. Whether it’s a combination of actual patrols or cameras, these issues can be nipped in the bud if done properly.
SEATTLE, WA – With car prowls up all across Seattle, a group of small businesses say they’re seeing that firsthand. Food trucks have been gaining popularity in Seattle, but in recent weeks, business owners say they’ve been the target of crime.
Opening up a food truck, serving Taiwanese street food fulfills a childhood dream for Sean Jen, but a dream soon fading after thieves broke into his business twice in the last month.
“They took this rock and smashed the driver side window right here,” said Jen. “I guess they crawled in because the car was locked.”
Jen said thieves stole cash, kitchen supplies and a generator, and he isn’t alone. His neighboring Sodo food trucks have also been targeted. But because their business is on wheels, Jen fears they’re investigated as car prowls rather than burglaries.
“Basically what it boils down to is that the takeaway for the criminals is that crime pays because there’s no repercussion for anything that they do,” said Jen.
Those who work nearby say they’ve noticed an uptick in Sodo’s crime. Gary Meyerson said the thieves appear to be getting bolder too.
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