City/Sheriff Launch 'Lock it or Lose it' Campaign
In response to more than one car break-in a day in Santa Clarita, Sheriff and City officials have launched an outreach/education campaign to remind drivers to always lock their cars and never leave valuables inside their vehicles.
“More often than not, car break-ins are preventable by adhering to a few key practices. Locking the car every time and removing valuables will go a long way towards preventing car burglaries and damage to vehicles,” explains Captain Roosevelt Johnson, SCV Sheriff’s Department.
Last year, Santa Clarita had 535 car break-ins, and over 200 of those were unlocked cars! Car break-ins happen in shopping centers, office building parking lots and even when cars are parked in front of the home.
“Very few car break-ins are random – the thieves see something in plain sight that’s valuable or hints of possible hidden valuables. We want to encourage residents to leave nothing in plain sight that might make your vehicle worth investigating by a thief – not even loose coins or a CD and never a purse or cell phone,” added Captain Johnson.
The education and outreach campaign will include a variety of efforts to remind the community of simple practices to prevent car break-ins. Day and night time law enforcement operations, including undercover activities, will commence in an effort to reduce car burglaries and thefts in the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information, visit: http://drivefocuslive.santa-clarita.com/lock-it-or-lose-it/.