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#1 User is offline   Mr.Carmichael 

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 08:49 AM

At least two schools in Carmichael have had cars broken into while parents went inside to pick up children. Apparently, one suspect is a white male, about 20 years old, driving a green sedan.

Please do not leave valuables in plain view when you leave your cars unattended and always take your purse or wallet with you. You really can't prevent a "smash and grab," so you need to not give them a reason.

If you see anything suspicious, remain in your vehicle and do not hesitate to call 911.

#2 User is offline   Eric 

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 09:11 AM

Good tips! Thanks for posting. These types of crimes increase this time of year, so please be safe and aware of your surroundings. B)
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 11:41 AM

Also, when you're at the mall, don't take your bags out to the car, then go back in and do more shopping. Crooks watch for that!

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 03:40 AM

I had to wonder about that on Black Friday. The various stations were interviewing people and so many of them said they were going to their cars to put things inside and then go back shopping. We've heard this our entire lives, so I don't understand why people keep leaving things in their cars.

#5 User is offline   TonySinclair 

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 07:48 AM

Tips from Sac County Sheriff's site:


Here are some tips to remember:
* LOCK your vehicle and take the keys
* PARK carefully in well lighted areas
* USE anti-theft devices
* CLEAN it out; do not leave anything in it
* REMOVE the garage door opener
* UTILIZE your garage to park in, if possible
* MARK it; use an engraver to mark property
* REPORT suspicious activity or persons to the Sheriff’s Department at 874-5115,
for crimes in progress call 9-1-1.

Lock up:
* An unlocked car is an open invitation to a car thief. Lock up when you leave your car, and take the keys with you.
* Lock the trunk or tailgate.
* Close all windows – professional thieves have tools that unlock cars through the smallest openings.
* Be sure vent or wind-wing windows are shut tight and locked.
* Lock your car even if you are making a quick stop at the gas station, convenience store or mini-mall.
* At night, park in well-lit areas with lots of people around when out running errands.
* Turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, this makes it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.

Items to avoid leaving in your vehicle and/or view:
* Cellular phones and chargers
* Pagers
* Cd’s
* Purses/briefcases
* Wallets
* Back packs
* Clothing
* Laptops/cameras
* Sports equipment/tools
* Removable stereos including the removable face plates

Operation I.D.:

* With an electric engraver, etch your driver’s license number (preceded by the letters “CA”) on stereo equipment and other valuable items.
* Record your vehicle identification number (located on a small metal plate on the dashboard of newer cars) and store it in a safe place.
* Keep the vehicle registration in your wallet or purse, not in your car.
* Use anti-theft devices
* Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as:
* Interior hood lock release.
* Second ignition switch or “kill switch” to prevent electrical current from reaching the coil distributor.
* Fuel switch to prevent fuel from reaching the carburetor.
* Locking devices for batteries, wheels, decks, etc.
* Alarm device to activate a siren, horn or lights – or all three – to frighten the thief away.
* Device that attaches to the steering wheel or brake pedal.

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#6 User is offline   Orrymain 

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:10 AM

I remember learning about the registration being in your purse or wallet. The instructions have always said to keep it in your car, but then a police officer told me personally not to do that, regardless of the instructions.

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