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Los Altos Police Department
Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 :: 02:39 p.m. PDT

Protect your belongings – do not leave them in your car

We have seen a spike in “smash-and-grab” auto burglaries lately where a suspect smashes a car window to gain access to the vehicle and its contents.

You can help prevent becoming a victim of this type of crime:

  • Never leave your valuables – cell phone, laptop, wallet, GPS, backpack – in plain-view in your unattended vehicle.
  • If you must leave valuables behind – stash them in your truck prior to arriving at your destination. Why? An opportunistic burglar can watch as you store your belongings and will know to look in your trunk.
  • Always lock your doors and close your windows.
  • If you have a car alarm, be sure to arm it.

Many crimes are what we call “crimes of opportunity.” A wallet left in your center console is a quick win for a would-be-burglar. They can smash your window and steal from you within seconds. Don’t make it easy for criminals who are looking for an easy target; if you value your belongings, take them with you.

Los Altos Police Department
1 N San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-947-2770

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