Canyon Country (East): Zone 8
Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information for the Week of 08/10/15 to 08/16/2015
This past week in Zone 8, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred, and are currently being investigated by Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station detectives:
A residential burglary occurred near the 17900 block of Nearbrook Street. The suspect forced entry into the victim’s locked residence through a rear bedroom window. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.
A petty theft occurred near the 16500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. The victim forgot her cell phone and left it in the store checkout area. The store manager reviewed store video surveillance footage and observed one suspect steal the victim’s cell phone.
A petty theft occurred near the 19100 block of Golden Valley Road. The victim left her cell phone inside a restroom at the location. The victim returned seconds later and discovered the restroom door was locked. The victim waited for the occupant to exit and inquired if she had seen her cell phone. The woman told her she had not seen the phone. The victim entered the restroom and discovered her cell phone had been stolen.
Another petty theft occurred near the 19100 block of Golden Valley Road. Three suspects were seen taking display items and conducting fraudulent returns.
A grand theft occurred near the 27900 block of Solamint Road. Suspect(s) unknown stole the victim’s vehicle.
A grand theft occurred near Jakes Way and the 14 Freeway. Suspect(s) unknown stole the victim’s vehicle which was parked in front of the indicated location. The vehicle was later located in LAPD Mission Division’s area. It was damaged and stripped.
A grand theft occurred near the 18400 block of Oak Canyon Road. Suspect(s) unknown stole the victim’s vehicle while parked in front of the indicated location.
Below are some tips you can use to avoid being the victim of a car thief:
* Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business, store, etc.;
* Never leave any keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
* Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.
* Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight.
* Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible.
* Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes. These devices will deter some criminals.
* Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen model vehicles.
* Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.
* If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic, leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.
* In high theft areas, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and on trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts.
* Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.
* Many vehicles today come with some type of security system from the factory. Normally there are upgraded systems available if you ask. The best choice are systems that shut off the fuel supply so that a car can’t be started or driven.
* If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Deputy Betsy Shackelford
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Crime Prevention Unit- Canyon Country East (Zone 8)
Station: (661) 255-1121 Ext. 4283 Fax: (661) 253-0124
Twitter @SCVSheriff http://www.twitter.com/scvsheriff
SCV Station Homepage – http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org