Palo Alto, CA - The Palo Alto Police Department is warning the community to not leave any valuables in vehicles due to a recent rash of auto burglaries.
During the time period from August 16-27, 2010, the Police Department has investigated 28 automobile break-ins. Many of the break-ins have occurred near downtown Palo Alto, as well as at the Stanford Shopping Center. Thieves have primarily stolen electronics such as GPS units, cell phones, and laptop computers. The Police Department is directing patrols to affected areas, but asks for the public’s help in preventing break-ins.
Vehicle owners are encouraged to avoid leaving valuables in their vehicles. If property must be left inside a vehicle, secure these items inside the trunk! Any items left in plain view can be stolen by a thief in a matter of seconds.
The Police Department asks that anyone who witnesses a break-in to immediately call 9-1-1. Suspicious activity may be reported by calling the Police Department’s 24-hour phone number at 650-329-2413.