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Berkeley Police Department
Thursday September 18th, 2014 :: 12:15 p.m. PDT


Berkeley Police Seeing Auto Burgalry Increase in West Berkeley

The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has noticed an increase in auto burglaries occurring in the area of the Berkeley Marina and in parts of west Berkeley.

Increases have been noticed in the various parking lots in the Berkeley Marina. There have also been increases along Gilman Street and University Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and 3rd Street.  The majorities of burglaries are occurring during the early evening hours from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and involve the responsible smashing the vehicle’s window, and retrieving items from the interior. 

BPD is examining current data and providing extra patrols in the area.  We are reaching out to community members and businesses in the area.  There are several things community members can do to reduce the chances of having their vehicles burglarized: 

  • Do not leave possessions, even small items, visible in your vehicle.  If you must leave possessions in your car, place them out of sight, like in the trunk, prior to reaching your destination.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Park where you car will be easily and frequently viewed.
  • Don’t leave important documents, such as bank statements, credit card statements or other personal information in your vehicle, this information can leave you vulnerable to identity theft.

If you see any suspicious activity or persons, please contact BPD when you feel safe by dialing 510-981-5900, if it is a life threatening emergency or a crime in progress please dial 9-1-1. 

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Berkeley Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-981-5900

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