Although the vast majority of stolen vehicles recovered in Los Altos were taken from surrounding cities, the city’s police department is still stressing how important it is for residents to lock their cars and hide any valuables inside.
LAPD Sgt. Ryan Burke said CrimeReports shows a handful of stolen vehicles and thefts from vehicles in Los Altos in recent months. However, incidents such as a vehicle discovered Aug. 1 on Second Street (stolen from San Jose) and another found Aug. 11 at the intersection of Grant Road and Foothill Expressway (stolen from the Salinas area) are proof of a crime local law enforcement continuously sees: vehicle stops that lead to identifying and apprehending a suspect occupying someone else’s car after officers run the license plate.
The police department released its latest Crime Prevention News Sept. 11 with “Prevent Car Break-Ins” topping the newsletter. The first tip? “Always lock your doors and close your windows.”
Burke said many incidents of theft of or from vehicles result from leaving the doors unlocked. Locking doors and making sure the alarm is operational, if the car has one, are the first steps in preventing what the department calls “a crime of opportunity.” That’s how a theft that occurred on Marvin Avenue Sept. 2 could have been prevented, Burke added.
The Crime Prevention News also reminds residents to hide valuables such as wallets, cellphones, purses and shopping bags. If valuables must remain in the car, stash them in a hidden area like the trunk. Hide the valuables before arriving at your destination in case thieves are watching you and your car.