All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there's something left in the car worth stealing. In the month of January, there were 1225 auto burglaries in San Francisco - 108 of those were in the Mission District alone. Most thefts from cars are "crimes of opportunity" that could be prevented by taking some proactive steps. To keep you and your car from becoming a statistic, here are some tips to reduce the odds of your vehicle being stolen:
· Don’t leave ANY personal or valuable items inside a vehicle. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight.
· Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you're away from it, even for a short time.
· Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.
· You should never leave portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems in a vehicle.
· You should lock doors and windows, even if it’s in front of your home.
·You should park in busy, well-lighted areas.
The San Francisco Police Department remains committed to the reduction and prevention of vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, and to the prosecution of those that steal vehicles. We hope the information provided will enhance our already strong connection with the community.
San Francisco SAFE (Safe Awareness for Everyone) provides safety services and tips for your empowerment. Please visit their website http://www.sfsafe.org for further information.
Report break-ins and thefts to the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-0123, at any district police station, or online at www.sfgov.org/police.
Captain Bob Moser