Los Altos police drive home ‘lock up’ advice after series of thefts

According to incident reports provided by the Los Altos Police Department, three of four recent thefts involved unsecured property. 

A suspect stole a bicycle left out in the open that was unlocked between 5:30 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Nov. 4 on the 900 block of North San Antonio Road.

A petty theft resulted from a resident’s failure to lock his or her car between 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Another petty theft occurred after a suspect opened an unlocked vehicle and stole personal property on the 100 block of First Street between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

An incident that occurred at approximately 10 a.m. Oct. 23 on North Gordon Way went unreported until Nov. 7. According to the victim, a suspect stole landscaping equipment from a truck whose owner was working at a local residence. The police report does not indicate whether the equipment was inside the cab of the truck, in the bed of the truck or tied down or locked up for safety purposes.

All of the unknown suspects remain at large, said Sgt. Brian Jeffrey Friday.

Jeffrey offered residents three tips to ward off would-be thieves.

• Lock up possessions and secure doors to residences and vehicles. Locks, lock boxes and safes, tool boxes and more serve as effective deterrents. Alarm systems and/or security cameras should be activated and recording when vehicles and residences are unattended.
• Photograph valuables so that the make, model, serial number and more are recorded in case something is stolen.
• Report crimes and suspicious activity to the police as soon as possible via the appropriate number: 947-2770 (nonemergency line), 947-2779 (seven-digit emergency line) or 911 (emergency line).

The Los Altos Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program assigns neighborhood block captains to connect residents and officers and to share information on crime trends.

To sign up for the Neighborhood Watch program, visit losaltosca.gov/police/page/neighborhood-watch.

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