Burglary is on the rise in cities throughout Southern California, including here in Pico Rivera. In 2012, the number of reported burglaries in the city increased by 57%.
Many of these burglaries occurred simply because doors or windows weren't locked. Thirty percent of burglaries from vehicles involved unlocked doors, while more than half of home burglaries—an astonishing 55%—were the result of doors and windows that were left open or unlocked.
In response to this drastic increase in burglary crimes, the City is implementing Hide It. Lock It. Or Lose It. Modeled after a similar effort in Dana Point, the campaign is designed to educate and remind residents of the simple steps they can take to protect themselves and their families from becoming a victim of burglary.
The City of Pico Rivera will kick off their "Hide It. Lock It. Or Lose It." public safety campaign with a kickoff event on Saturday, June 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pico Rivera Wal-Mart, 8500 Washington Boulevard.
The event will feature giveaways and tips from the City and law enforcement on how residents can keep themselves and their personal property safe. A brief presentation by Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho will take place at approximately 10:00 a.m.
For information about the campaign or the kickoff event , call 562.801.4388.