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Los Altos Police Department
Monday December 3rd, 2018 :: 03:10 p.m. PST


Theft from vehicles – avoid becoming a victim

On Friday, November 30th, Los Altos Police received sixteen reports of thefts from vehicles and residential garages. These crimes occurred overnight on Christina Drive, Tiptoe Lane, Truman Avenue, Elmhurst Drive, Oakhurst Drive, Heritage Court, Awalt Court, Fallen Leaf Lane, Payne Drive and Loma Prieta Court.

In all cases, the suspects targeted unlocked vehicles to steal items from within. In some cases, suspects located a garage door opener, accessed a garage and located additional unlocked vehicles from which to steal property.

Los Altos Police ask residents to please review and adhere to the following tips to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of these crimes:

  • Always lock your vehicle doors
  • Do not leave keys inside your vehicles
  • Do not leave garage door openers inside your vehicle when left outside
  • Consider a vehicle alarm system and arm the system when the vehicle is unattended
  • Remove all personal belongings from within your vehicle when unattended
  • Park in well-lit and populated areas
You know your neighborhood best. If you observe any suspicious activity or individuals in your neighborhood, err on the side of caution and give us a call to report the activity. Our 24/7 non-emergency number is 650-947-2770. Dial 911 if you observe a crime in progress.

The Los Altos Police Department recently created a short video to educate the public on this very topic. To view the video, visit

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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