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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday February 26th, 2019 :: 04:11 p.m. PST


Thousand Oaks - Vehicle Burglary Trend on the Rise

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Burglary Trend on the Rise
Report Number: 18-196732, 19-26670
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: December 2018-February 2019
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Investigations Bureau
The Thousand Oaks Police Department has seen an increase in vehicle burglaries occurring after residents have withdrawn money from their financial institution. This practice is known as “Bank Jugging.”
Bank Jugging involves a suspect or suspects who wait in bank parking lots or lobbies to watch bank customers. When the suspects see a customer that they believe has a large amount of cash, they follow the customer to another location where they commit a vehicle burglary and steal the cash. The vehicle burglary techniques range from breaking a window to picking a door lock.
The Thousand Oaks Police Department is asking the community to protect their property and help deputies fight this emerging trend by doing the following:
1.         Don’t leave valuable personal property inside your vehicle, or in plain view.
2.         Don’t leave cash in your vehicle after leaving a bank or ATM.
3.         When leaving a bank, attempt to conceal your cash or bank bag.
4.         Pay attention to people who are watching your transactions; or vehicles following you.
5.         Never leave your windows open.
6.         Park in well-lit, public areas.
7.         Install an audible alarm system on your vehicle.
Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. These suspects are counting on you being distracted. Please report any suspicious activity to the Thousand Oaks Police Department at (805) 654-9511 or 911.
Prepared by: Detective Chris Obringer #3476  
News Release Date: 2/26/2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Chris Obringer, 805-371-8342 or [email protected]
Approved by:
Captain Denise Sliva

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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