Auto Burglaries on the Rise | SPPD Advice for Protecting Belongings

South Pasadena Police Department officials say stolen items left in plain view for thieves include purses, wallets, cell phones, laptop computers and clothes News | SPPD officials warn that there is a spike in car burglaries

The South Pasadena Police Department is warning residents that a large number of auto burglaries have occurred in the city in recent weeks.

Authorities say the burglaries occurred during both day and nighttime hours.

“Thieves will usually look through the car’s window to look for anything in plain view. Most of the items stolen have been small, like sunglasses, loose coins, tools, and backpacks,” explained Crime Prevention Officer Richard Lee. “A few wallets and purses were also stolen. Hatchback vehicles were often targeted since the trunk area cannot be secured. The thieves smashed the rear glass to access the trunk. Smashing the car window was the most common method of entry used.”

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Lee said most stolen items have been anything left in plain view and include purses, wallets, cell phones, laptop computers and clothes.

In apartment buildings, Lee noted that remote garage openers are often targeted.

The following are some safety tips provided by the South Pasadena Police Dept.

  • Always lock your door and roll up the windows. Remember that an unlocked vehicle is considered only a theft.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view.
  • Don’t leave personal identification documents or purses/wallets in your vehicle.
  • At night, park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t leave spare keys inside your car.
  • Consider installing a car alarm and advertise that you have one by using alarm stickers.