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    Auto Burglary Prevention

    Most auto burglaries can be prevented. There are many things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming a victim: 

    KEEP your items out of sight.
    Take your valuables with you or place them in your trunk before you arrive at a location where people might be watching.  

    ALWAYS close your car windows and lock your doors even if you plan to be gone briefly.  A partially open window makes the thief’s job easier.  A garage is as secure as you and your neighbors make it; and,   burglars are finding ways to get into residential parking garages. 

    ALWAYS set the alarm.  If your vehicle has an alarm system, remember to activate it. 

     

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    Location: 
    Thieves look for vehicles that they can enter with the least possibility of being seen or caught by citizens and authorities.   
    Try to park in well-lit areas where your vehicle is visible to others. 
    Be aware of your surroundings prior to leaving your vehicle. 

    Be eyes and ears for the police:  

    • Report suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood. 
    • Report suspicious, wandering persons looking into vehicles as  they walk. 

    What are thieves targeting?  

    • Electronics: laptops, CDs, iPods, cameras, cell phones and chargers 
    • Equipment in your vehicles, such as GPS devices, airbags, and stereos 
    • Purses, wallets, gym bags, and backpacks for cash, credit cards, ID cards, etc. 

    Auto burglaries are mostly crimes of opportunity…don’t give anyone an opportunity to make you a victim.  

    REMEMBER: 
    If the crime is “in progress,” call 9-1-1.  If you are reporting an auto burglary that already occurred and the suspect is gone, call our non-emergency number: (310) 458-8491.  

     

     

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