Stevenson Ranch Crime and Public Safety Report: Week of Jan. 16-22, 2017
The following crimes were reported last week in Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3):
Robbery – 25600 block The Old Road
A male adult entered the location, removed a jacket from the display rack, put the jacket on and then exited the store without paying for the item. When contacted by loss prevention officers, the suspect took a fighting stance, threatened the loss prevention officers and continued walking away from the location. No arrest was made.
Burglary – 24900 Constitution Avenue
Person(s) unknown smashed the bedroom window of the victim’s home and stole a gold bracelet, two gift cards, and a banana. Total loss was $811.00.
Burglary (Vehicle) – 25200 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown smashed the left rear window of the victim’s rental vehicle and stole a diaper bag containing miscellaneous baby clothes and baby supplies.
Burglary (Vehicle) – 25300 The Old Road
Person(s) unknown entered the victim’s vehicle and stole numerous items, including clothing and softball equipment. Included with the sporting equipment were (2) Easton brand softball bats valued at $600.00. The victim stated her vehicle was locked. There were no signs of forced entry. Total loss was $1,482.00.
Tip of the week: Avoiding Vehicle Burglaries
Most criminals who are looking to steal items from a vehicle are looking for the easy targets. Most commonly known as a ‘smash and grab’, the burglars are looking for high value items that are in plain sight which can be easily and quickly taken after finding an unlocked door or smashing a window. Imagine the costs and inconvenience of not only having to replace a smashed window, but also having to replace your driver’s license, credit/debit cards, laptop, cell phone, etc. Here are some great tips to help prevent being a victim of a vehicle burglary.
ALWAYS lock your vehicle when left unattended.
Never leave your wallet or purse in your vehicle and in plain view when leaving your vehicle unattended.
If you use a portable GPS, remove it from the dash or windshield and place it in your glovebox or trunk when leaving your vehicle unattended.
Never leave any high value items (laptops, cell phones, jewelry, tools) inside your vehicle in plain view while unattended. If you cannot carry those items with you, secure them in the trunk.
Use a sunscreen in your windshield, even at night or when parked in a parking structure. This makes it much harder for a burglar to look into your vehicle.
Remember: Vehicle burglars usually will not break into a vehicle with the intention of ‘searching’ it in hopes of finding something of value. This takes too long and the burglar risks being seen. If there is no easy opportunity that is readily available for a ‘smash and grab’ thief, they will more than likely pass your vehicle and look for a better target.
Take care, and be safe.
Dep Kevin Duxbury
Shirley Miller, Public Information Officer
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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