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Livermore CA Police Department
Friday June 2nd, 2017 :: 09:43 a.m. PDT


Stolen vehicles continue to be a problem in Livermore.

In 2016, 292 vehicles were stolen in Livermore. In the first five months of 2017, 165 vehicles have been stolen in Livermore. Most vehicles stolen in Livermore are quickly recovered abandoned. Of the 165 vehicles stolen since the first of the year, 48 were recovered in the City of Livermore and 98 were recovered in the Bay Area or Central Valley. The most current statewide data from the California Highway Patrol documents 2015 statistics and show that auto theft was up 13% overall from 2014 figures. Those same statistics show that 96% of all automobiles stolen in California in 2015 were eventually recovered and 92% of all personal use trucks were recovered. (the attached photo shows the locations of the vehicles stolen in Livermore from 1/1/7 to 5/31/17)

The Livermore Police Department provides both enforcement and education efforts in trying to combat vehicle theft in our community.

So far in 2017, Livermore PD has arrested thirteen different people for stealing vehicles, or possessing stolen vehicles. In early May, Livermore PD was able to link one suspect to the theft of at least 10 Ford trucks which were stolen over a period of 16 days. That subject died prior to being charged with all of the thefts. Even with these arrests, vehicles continue to be stolen in Livermore.

We know that by working closely with our community, we can reduce auto theft in Livermore. Community members can minimize the risk of being an auto theft victim by following these tips:

Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.

Keep your vehicle locked at all times.

Never leave keys in your vehicle.

Park in busy, well lighted areas.

Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle.

Work trucks and vans should not be left with tools inside the bed, camper, or cargo area. Thieves are targeting these types of vehicles and quickly stripping them of their tools after stealing the vehicle.

Try to park the vehicle with the front facing an obstacle. Turn the wheels toward the curb and lock the steering.

Never label your keys with your name and address. Mark them with your telephone number or driver's license number.

Carry registration and insurance cards with you. Don't leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.

Add Extra Protection:

Use a mechanical locking device (commonly called a club) that locks to the steering wheel, steering column, or brake pedal, to prevent the wheel from being turned.

Install and use a vehicle security system, alarm, or ignition cut-off system that prevent a car from being started

Invest in a GPS system that will track your vehicle’s location.

Besides following the above tips, the most important thing a community member can do to help us reduce auto theft is CALL THE POLICE to report a crime or any suspicious activity observed. Too often we hear from people that they saw something suspicious, but did not call to report the activity because they did not know if it was important or did not want to bother us. LPD asks that all suspicious activity be reported to our Dispatch Center at 925-371-4987.

The Livermore Police Department is offering rewards of up to $500 to anyone who supplies information that leads to the arrest of any subject involved in auto thefts in Livermore. Persons supplying information can remain confidential. To provide information on car theft suspects, please contact the LPD tipline at 925-371-4790.

Together we can reduce the number of vehicles being stolen in Livermore

Livermore CA Police Department
1110 S Livermore Ave
Livermore, CA 94550

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-371-4900

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