Rocklin PD gives tips to avoid auto burglary

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The Rocklin Police Department wants to remind residents that vehicle burglary tends to increase during the holiday season. Bags of merchandise, wrapped gifts, cellphones, GPS units, laptop computers, purses and other valuables left inside unattended vehicles present easy and inviting targets for criminals.

Taking preventive measures can lower risk, deter crime and make it more difficult for criminals to commit crimes.

There are several ways to reduce the likelihood that a criminal will select your vehicle to target. Rocklin PD urges residents to share this information with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers so others can benefit and stay safe:

·         Always lock your vehicle.

·         Install and use vehicle alarm systems, steering-wheel locks and other anti-theft devices.

·         Don’t leave gifts, cellphones and other valuables in your vehicle. If you must do so, make sure they are not visible.

·         If you place valuables in your trunk, don’t do it while a thief could be watching (do it before you get to your destination).

·         Never leave the keys in an unattended vehicle. \ It only takes a few seconds for someone to steal your car.

·         Avoid leaving your garage door opener remote control and your vehicle registration card inside an unattended vehicle. A criminal who breaks into your vehicle may find the registration card, use the registration information to locate your home and use the remote control to open your garage door.

·         Park your vehicle inside your garage whenever possible. Lock your vehicle, set the alarm and keep your keys in a safe place inside your home. Lock your side garage door and the door leading from your garage to the interior of your home.

·         Report suspicious activity by calling 625-5400.

·         Dial 9-1-1 to report crimes in progress or any other police, fire or medical emergency.

For more information, call Rocklin PD at 625-5416.