FAIRFIELD — Car thefts, as well as the loss of goods inside vehicles, are on the rise in Fairfield and the rest of Solano County, says Jeff Conner, a crime prevention specialist with the city police department, who notes the thefts can be prevented.
Remove all valuables from your vehicle, since thieves target items such as cellphones, GPS units, iPods and iPads, laptop computers and jewelry, Conner said. Owners of work trucks should secure all tools, he said.
Consider a video surveillance system to help monitor vehicles when parked outside your garage, Conner said.
Prevent car thefts by locking your vehicle at all times when not in use, Conner said. Always try to park in the garage or look for well-lit and well-traveled locations.
Losses when goods are stolen from vehicles exceed the cost of the items. Replacing a broken vehicle window can cost up to $350 or more, Conner noted. The car insurance deductible can reach $500.
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