Stevenson Ranch / Westridge, Zone 3
Public Safety and Crime Prevention Info
Snapshot 11/04/2013 to 11/10/2013
During the above dates, Zone 3 had five reported part one crimes. Here are some details regarding some of the reported incidents.
A vehicle burglary was reported from the 25300 block of The Old Road. Suspect(s) unknown broke into a locked vehicle and stole the head rest / video display system. The left rear passenger window of the vehicle was stolen (ref -15047).
A grand theft from a vehicle was reported from the 25800 block of Hemingway Drive. This incident occurred on Wednesday, November 6th 2013 between 8:30am and 8:40am. The vehicle was parked a parking lot. A women’s “Michael Kors” purse and US currency was reported stolen. The vehicle was unlocked during this incident (ref -15159).
A petty theft was reported from the Walmart located on The Old Road. One suspect was arrested and one suspect remains outstanding. The incident is still under investigation by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detectives (ref -15228).
A burglary incident / possession of heroin incident was reported from the Walmart located on The Old Road. This incident occurred on Saturday, November 9th 2013 at approximately 7:05pm. Three suspects were arrested (ref -15414).
All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there’s something left in the car worth stealing. Most larcenies from cars are “crimes of opportunity” that could be prevented by taking some preventative steps. Here are some tips to follow:
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle: You’d be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they’re visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into, increase greatly.
Place items out of sight BEFORE reaching your destination: Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you’re gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, beach, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth. If you can’t take the items with you, secure them in a safe place in your vehicle, like a locked glove compartment or your trunk.
Lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors: This is true even if you plan on only being gone for “just a second”. Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It’s not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows aren’t left open.
Park in busy, well lit areas: Pick a parking spot where there is a lot of activity. Auto thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.
Don’t leave a trace: Don’t leave any sign that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are “random”. The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables.
I hope you have a great week. Remember to keep those anonymous crime tips coming in. Call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org
Deputy Josh Dubin
661-255-1121 EXT. 5159
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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