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.
Here are some ways to keep yourself and your belongings safe:
· When parking anywhere that your vehicle is visible to the public, be sure to hide all belongings in the glove box, under the seat or in the trunk. Many thieves act on impulse and take whatever is visible. Better yet, take your items with you to guarantee they won’t be stolen.
· Hide electronic accessories as well. When thieves see chargers, MP3 adaptors or windshield mounts they assume the devices that go with them are still in the car.
· Always remember to lock your car.
· At home, always lock all doors and windows—whether you’re away or still there. It takes just a few seconds to check all the windows and doors to make sure burglars won’t have any opportunity to enter your home through an unlocked entry.
Reducing crime in our community requires everyone’s involvement. In addition to following the tips above, residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Pico Rivera Station, by calling 562.949.2421. Callers can remain anonymous if they like.