Police offer tips to avoid auto burglary

By From page A5 | January 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Amid a rash of auto burglaries in central Solano County, the Fairfield Police Department is offering some safety tips to keep residents and their property safe.

According to a news release from the police department, a majority of the burglaries are occurring between 6 and 10 a.m. in the parking lots of businesses along the Interstate 80 corridor.

Suspects are breaking out passenger windows and removing valuable items from the passenger compartment.

Police say theft from a vehicle is a crime of opportunity that can be prevented if people remember to remove all valuables from their vehicles.

Thieves are targeting items left in vehicles such as portable GPS units, cell phones, iPods and iPads, laptop computers, packages, jewelry, and purses or wallets.

Police also caution people with work trucks to secure all tools as well.

Tips for keeping property safe:

• Be aware of your surroundings

• Place all electronics, backpacks, diaper bags, tools, etc. in the trunk of the vehicle or take them with you.

• Record all make, model and serial numbers to assist police with locating items.

Police also remind residents to reduce the chance that a car will be stolen by locking your vehicle at all times when not in use.

Additionally, always try to park your vehicle in the garage if you have one.

When parking your vehicle, look for a parking spot in a well-lighted and well-traveled location, the release states.

Also, be vigilant and watch for people looking in vehicles and checking for open doors.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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  • The MisterJanuary 26, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Can you shoot if you catch one in the act? I can just picture urban duck blinds (perhaps made from an old refrigerator or wrecked abandoned vehicle) with urban duck calls (perhaps clips from rap songs). Get some urban Duck Dynasty types out there with their Thermos and rifle early in the evening before the animals come out... waiting, waiting... THERE'S ONE!!!

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  • my2centsJanuary 26, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Dude! We get it. You're a racist bigot.

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  • The MisterJanuary 26, 2014 - 11:04 am

    @ my2cents... seems kind of racist of you to assume car thieves are of any particular race. Sounds like you are profiling. That's just wrong of you.

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  • So trueJanuary 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Mr. Mister- hahaha.....love it.

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  • I Love LucyJanuary 26, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Looks like someone tried to place their race card just a little bit to early.......I am seriously about ready to urinate all over myself laughing at "my2cents"..........you have no idea how utterly silly you look right now!

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