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A Few Tips to Prevent Auto Burglary

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, November 23, 2016) -   We are happy to see our business districts bustling with the arrival of the holiday season.  Unfortunately, so are thieves who target the locked and unlocked autos of our visitors and community members alike.  Please consider following these public safety tips to keep your valuables where they belong:  

  • Lock your doors and roll up windows even if you're going only going to be away for a few minutes.  It only takes seconds for thieves to take your property.
  • If you must leave valuables in your car, stash them out of sight (in the trunk or under the seat) before you reach your destination. 
  • Plan your shopping so that you load your belongs and go.
  • When you get to your final destinations, unload your valuables immediately. Don't store valuables in your car any longer than necessary and whenever possible avoid doing so overnight.
  • If your trunk can be opened from inside your car without a key, lock this feature when you are not in your car or have it disabled, if possible.
  • Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables hidden in your vehicle.  Remember to also secure docking stations, connector cables, phone chargers, CD's and loose coins.
  • Park in busy, well-lighted areas and remember to set any alarm or anti-theft device.
  • If you see broken auto glass on the ground in a parking lot understand that you are potentially parking in an area prone to this type of crime  

If you see any suspicious behavior please contact the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900.  If calling from a cell phone please remember to dial (510) 981-5911.   


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