The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that since November, Fallbrook, California, has had more than 100 vehicle burglaries. Victims have had valuables stolen out of their cars - some items were worth thousands of dollars.
The report noted that most of vehicle burglaries take place from the hours of 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and, not surprisingly, most of the thefts have targeted unlocked vehicles. While some car windows were broken into, victims have realized that simply locking their vehicle might have saved them a lot of hassle.
Here’s a list of some of the items that were stolen:
- Cell phones
- Credit cards
- Social Security cards
The police report also noted that the thefts have had a resounding impact, as credit cards and ID have been used for other following burglaries.
In one particular case, a professional photographer left behind a wide array of expensive equipment in his or her unlocked car. A thief ended up making off with $3,000 in camera equipment. In another instance, thieves stole $16,000 in hang gliding and paragliding equipment from a vehicle in an open garage. Another case included the theft of a purse, laptop, iPad and $3,000 in cash. Police noted that the items were in plain sight, which is likely why thieves took the opportunity to break into the vehicles.
As a result of the high amount of vehicle break ins in Fallbrook, the Sheriff’s Substation is holding a community meeting on May 29 to address the burglaries. Fallbrook citizens are encouraged to always lock their vehicle doors and remember to roll up their windows. While it’s a good idea to take valuables out of a vehicle, getting them out of sight is a smart way to discourage theft.
That’s where a lockbox comes in
In a perfect world, theft wouldn’t happen at all and vehicle owners would be free to leave their expensive belongings behind. Since that’s just not the case, car owners are encouraged to take preventative measures to keeping their personal belongings safe.
And since removing expensive items isn’t always an option, products are available to keep them safe. Lock boxes can be mounted inside a vehicle - typically the trunk – not only keeping valuables out of sight but also locked away.