The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog: "Car Clouting" on the decline in the Smokies: Earlier this week Smoky Mountain News published an interesting article about three individuals that will be heading to prison for breaking into a slew of cars at trailheads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest over a several month period.In the article, SMN mentions that the Smoky Mountains used to average about 100 car break-ins, also known as "car clouts", per year. That number dropped to 37 incidents in 2010, and only 14 last year.They offer these tips before leaving your car at the trailhead:• Remove valuables from vehicles.• If you must leave valuables in vehicles, hide them out of sight in the glove compartment or trunk.• Scan the trailhead to make sure no one suspicious is hanging about. If they are, consider moving to another trailhead.• Do not leave a hiking itinerary on your dash. Leave it with friends, family or at a ranger station.• Don’t back your car into a parking spot. This provides thieves cover to break into the trunk.You can read the article by clicking here.