Auto Burglaries on the Rise in South Pasadena

Tips from SPPD to Avoid an Auto Burglary

In less than a week, the South Pasadena Police Department reported six auto burglaries in the city.

SPPD Crime Prevention Officer Richard Lee says reports of suspects breaking into vehicles has gone up in recent months.

“We have seen a rise in auto burglaries and thefts from unlocked
vehicles,” said Lee. “While both are similar crimes, a theft from an unlocked vehicle
may be considered a lesser crime because entry is not made through a locked door.”

However, he says both are crimes of opportunity, “as the burglar simply walks down the street and sees what victims have left in plain view for them to take,” he explained. “Often times these include valuable items such as purses, wallets and cell phones. Thefts from an unlocked vehicle is convenient for the burglar as they just open the door to take the item. Smashing the window is the most popular way to enter if the door is locked.

The following are reports of auto burglaries in the past week:

• 11-11-13, 12:20 AM to 1:20 AM, 600 block of Prospect. ’05, Honda Accord. Suspect(s) gains entry by unknown means. LOSS: Bags and a ring.

• 11-9-13, 6 PM to 11-10-13, 9:57 AM, 700 block of Orange Grove. ’05, Ford Escape. Suspect(s) smashes window to gain entry. LOSS: CDs, phone charger, blanket and work ID.

• 11-9-13, 9:30 PM to 11-10-13, 9:57 AM, 700 block of Orange Grove. ’03, Landrover. Suspect(s) smashes window to gain entry. LOSS: Clothes.

• 11-9-13, 10 PM to 11-10-13, 8:12 AM, 1700 block of Mission. ’07, VW GTi. Suspect(s) smashes window to gain entry. LOSS: Coin purse.

• 11-9-13, 11 PM to 11-10-13, 7:15 AM, 1700 block of Mission. ’12, Mini Cooper. Suspect(s) smashes window to gain entry. LOSS: None.

• 11-6-13, 9 PM to 11-7-13, 11 AM, 300 block of Monterey. ’10, Honda Civic. Suspect(s) gains entry by unknown means. LOSS: Sunglasses and I-pod.

Remember these important safety tips:
• Lock doors and roll-up windows.
• Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Lock items in the trunk.
• Take remote garage openers with you.
• At night, park in well-lit areas.

Officer Richard Lee contributed to this story.

  • : Tips from SPPD to Avoid an Auto Burglary
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