Car Burglary Information and Prevention Tips

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10/11/12

FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE.  CONTACT EPD MEDIA LINE @ 760.839.4444

PREPARED BY LT. LOARIE

In the past weeks, the Escondido Police Department has investigated over 50 cases of car burglaries.  EPD constantly looks for patterns to help thwart this type of crime;   however, right now those patterns are not showing themselves.

There are, however, numerous car burglary cases that share something in common:

  • Unlocked doors
  • Open windows
  • Valuables left in plain sight

EPD would like to remind everyone to lock car doors and keep windows up when leaving your car.  If you have valuables that you must leave in the car, then do not leave them in plain sight and use the trunk when possible.

EPD has a list of what they consider the most common items taken during a vehicle break-in:

  • Navigation Aid – GPS
  • Laptop Computer
  • iPod / MP3 Player
  • Purse
  • Wallet
  • Camera
  • Cellular Phone
  • Hand Tools
  • Sun Glasses
  • Compact Disc

A perceived value of an item left in an unattended car is a lure to crime.  If there is a bag or box left in plain sight, then it could be why a car is targeted for burglary.  That bag or box might have nothing inside of it, but it might look like it does.  Keep anything that might look like it is valuable in the trunk or hidden in the car.  When you get home or to work, take valuables out.

EPD is always asking for the community to help with fighting crime.  If you see someone looking into cars or wandering about areas where cars are parked, it is okay for you to call and tell them.  Some of the best cases solved have come from the public because they have seen something that did not belong and made the call to EPD so officers could respond and check it out.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at twitter.com/escondidopolice.