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Davis police warn valuables left in cars attract burglars

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Davis police are urging residents to take precautions after a rash of vehicle burglaries in the city.

Police said Tuesday that the department had taken 10 vehicle burglary reports during the past week from locations in the west, east and south areas of the city. Most burglaries were accomplished by smashing a window to gain entry to the vehicle, according to a Police Department news release.

Items stolen included backpacks, duffel bags, electronics, sunglasses, wallets and tools. Police said many burglaries could be prevented if people did not leave valuables in their vehicles.

Police offered several tips to help curb vehicle burglaries:

  • Don’t leave valuables in the car, particularly in plain sight. The best place to keep them when out and about is in the trunk of car.
  • If you must leave valuables in your car, place them out of sight before reaching your destination.
  • Lock all doors and roll up windows, even if you plan to be gone only a brief time.
  • Set an alarm of theft device, if you have one.
  • Mark your valuables. Although this does not prevent theft, it can aid in recovering stolen items. Police suggest inscribing or engraving a “personal identifier” on all valuables by using your driver’s license number, prefaced by the state in which the driver’s license was issued, such as CA-U0077139.
  • Do not leave a GPS system or satellite radio in plain view.
  • Report suspicious activity, such as people walking up and down aisles of parking lots looking into cars, or cruising parking lots and resident neighborhoods at very slow speeds for extended periods while observing cars.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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