2017-06-15 / Front Page

GTAs on rise in T.O.

Auto thefts way up in recent weeks
Acorn staff report

A pursuit of a stolen car ends with a crash in Moorpark. Eight vehicle thefts were reported last week in Thousand Oaks, including six in a four-day period.





         JOEL COUNCIL/Acorn Newspapers A pursuit of a stolen car ends with a crash in Moorpark. Eight vehicle thefts were reported last week in Thousand Oaks, including six in a four-day period. JOEL COUNCIL/Acorn Newspapers Cars keep going missing in Thousand Oaks.

Eight vehicle thefts were reported last week, including six in a four-day period. An additional three stolen vehicles were recovered within the city.

Senior Dep. Damian Alvarez, TOPD’s new crime prevention officer, took to the social media site Nextdoor.com on Tuesday to share with residents that the number of grand theft autos reported in the city has risen by 22 percent within the last two months.

Detective Tim Lohman said the department isn’t sure if the thefts are being done by the same people.

Online, Alvarez suggested tips for residents to help prevent their vehicles from becoming targets.

“First of all, lock your vehicle’s doors or motorcycle/moped’s handlebar locks,” he wrote. “Many criminal types go around at night checking vehicle doors and locks to determine whether or not they can be opened.

“Secondly, do not leave your keys in your vehicle. Make sure you take your valet and spare keys with you as well. Criminals are clever and many are professionals. They know where to look in your vehicle to find the keys you think you are hiding.”

Alvarez’s last piece of advice was to not leave garage door-openers in vehicles that are parked outside.

“If you are unfortunate enough to have your car stolen and the opener is inside, you may also be the future victim of a residential burglary as well,” he said.

This story was updated at 12:18 p.m. June 15, 2017.

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