You can help avoid car theft and burglaries
Itís amazing to learn that eighty percent of all cars stolen last year were unlocked at the time, and forty percent actually had the keys in the ignition. According to the San Diego police, most cars are stolen because they are easy to steal.
These days, unfortunately, no place is safe from vehicle theft or burglaries. The bad guys are especially fond of public parking lots. Donít leave your car unattended there for an extended period of time. A car is five times more likely to be stolen or burglarized from an unattended lot than from the street or an attended lot.
Never leave your car unlocked, or the motor running, the windows rolled down, or keys in the ignition. We all know these things, of course, but itís that first timeÖ..
If you spent hard-earned money for security devices, make sure you USE THEM whenever your car is unattended. Remember, itís that first timeÖÖ.
We have had an increase, as you know, in carjackings. What can we do? Lots. Start with the most common sense stuff: when you approach your car, you can act with purpose, you can stay alert, you can walk to your car with car key in hand. Look around and inside your car, particularly the back seat.
When you park, remember to look for well-lighted areas near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility.
When you are on the road, keep your doors locked and windows rolled up, no matter how short the trip or how safe the area. When you slow down or stop, look around you, especially at places such as garages and parking lots, intersections, self-serve gas stations and car washes, highway entry and exit ramps, and ATMs.
When you come to a stop, leave enough room in front of you to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense there may be trouble. If possible, avoid driving alone especially at night. Donít stop to assist a stranger; instead, drive to the nearest phone to call the police to help. Always keep your car well maintained with plenty of gas.
Rancho Bernardo has had an unusual number of car burglaries recently. Windows are smashed and items taken from cars. Officer Lennon reports that these cars are locked, therefore the smashed windows. What can we do? About the only thing to prevent this, is to make sure that nothing in your car looks Ďsaleable.í The bad guys need money for what they take from your car. Remember to put all items of any value in your locked trunk. Always.
Reminder: San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano will be in Rancho Penasquitos at the library on Salmon River Road (next door to Police substation) Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Come to hear his views and to ask questions. Youíll meet Captain Cox and Lieutenants Kern and Christman, too.
Courtesy RB NEWSJournal
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