On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., 8 auto burglaries via window smash were reported to UCPD along Centennial Way. The burglaries occurred at both the Strawberry Rec-Center and Coffer Dam parking lots. In recent months the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot has also experienced a series of auto burglaries.
UCPD recommends taking the following steps in protecting your property and to discourage would-be criminals from committing auto burglaries:
- Do not leave valuables in your card. If you leave items of value in plain view your car is automatically a target.
- Do not leave any sign that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle such as docking stations and phone chargers.
- Items most commonly stolen from vehicles
- Backpacks, gym bags, briefcases, day-planners
- Cash/coins, checkbooks and credit/debit cards
- Wallets and purses (even when hidden under a seat or in an unlocked glove compartment)
- Laptop computers, cell phones, portable GPS navigation systems, iPods and MP3 players
- Stereo/CD players
- Jewelry, keys, mail (identity theft) and tools
- Park in busy, well-lighted areas.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park.
- Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.
- Make a copy of your registration and insurance, and keep them in your wallet or purse.
- Take note of emergency/pay phones near where you have parked, in case you need to use them.
- If you see any suspicious activity or individuals, please contact UCPD immediately when you feel safe to do so by dialing 9-1-1 or 642-3333 (from cell phones).
|UCPD is actively investigating these cases. If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact:
|Berkeley Police Department
(510) 981-5900 / 24 Hours
As with any emergency situation, if you see suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.
From a cell phone, call 642-3333.
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