Lock it or lose it!
Even the most amateur “auto burglar” can stroll through a residential neighborhood or parking lot trying doors and looking in windows as they check for unlocked cars. Often they find easy targets with seats sporting smartphones, tablets, purses or backpacks–all will catch a thief’s eye.
Motorists can protect their cars by taking some very simple steps. “Thieves rummaging through cars occurs in neighborhoods nationwide. But, it is a crime drivers can put the brakes on by regularly locking their cars, storing possessions out of sight and parking in well-lighted areas,” said Lakewood Deputy City Manager Carol Jacoby.
Lakewood’s law enforcement leaders stress residents are their own best, first line of defense. Don’t make it easy for crooks. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Josh Stahl notes these sorts of thefts can happen quickly, “If your car is unattended, lock it–even in the short time it takes to dash into a building to run an errand.” Deputies warn car windows should be all the way up. Even small openings can be enough for a thief to unlock your car.
One of the most valuable tools the Sheriff’s Department has to keep Lakewood safe is the eyes and ears of Lakewood residents looking out for their neighborhood. If you see unusual activity in your neighborhood, call the Sheriff’s Station. Their business line, which is perfect for reporting unusual activity, is staffed 24 hours a day at 562-623-3500. And, if it’s a crime in progress, always call 9-1-1.