From January 1, 2017 to April 6, 2017, more than 80 vehicle burglaries have been reported in Fresno County.
More than 60% of those occurred in Fresno – Clovis county islands. Taking that statistic even further, the majority happened in a concentrated area of Fresno bordered by N. Marks Ave, N. Blackstone Ave., W. Gettysburg Ave. and W. Sierra Ave. Most of the break-ins took place between 8:00 pm and 4:00 am.
Property crimes detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s consider vehicle burglaries to be preventable crimes. Taking simple measures can help you protect your property and deter would-be thieves.
• Close vehicle windows and lock all doors.
• Remove all valuables from your vehicle. Make sure nothing is left in plain view. Hot ticket items for thieves are packages, cell phones, purses and wallets. Remove personal documents as well to prevent identity theft.
• Park vehicles inside a garage. If this is not possible, park in your driveway.
• Remove your garage door opener from your car if it is parked outside. Criminals can return and use it to burglarize your home.
• Activate any anti-theft devices you may have or install one. Most anti-theft devices cost less than the deductible you would pay to replace windows that were broken and items that were stolen.
• Keep your property well lit. You may consider purchasing motion activated lights, which help to deter criminal activity.
• Notify trusted neighbors, friends or relatives who can watch your house when you will be out of town. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses to stay informed.
• Join http://www.nextdoor.com and use the app to keep in touch with your neighbors.
• If you live in the county limits, request the Sheriff’s Office to conduct a “House Check” if you go on vacation. Sign up online. https://www.fresnosheriff.org/protect-yourself/crime-prevention/house-check.html
• Report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office immediately by dialing (559) 600-3111.