Palo Alto police are warning residents about a rise in car burglaries throughout the city over the past month.
So far this year the city has seen 260 car burglaries -- more than the annual totals in each of the past four years, according to police.
Police are increasing patrols and investigations into the burglaries and urging the public to keep their valuables with them or out of sight in their parked cars.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the auto burglaries, but no suspects were arrested in September, police said.
Police say there is no identifiable pattern to the burglaries, but that 16 car burglaries were reported on two separate nights in September at the Oak Creek Apartments at 1600 Sand Hill Road and nine occurred at a city parking garage located at 445 Bryant St. on three separate nights.
The suspects typically smash a window or pry open a locked door using a punch tool, according to police.
The items stolen range from laptops and electronics to purses and luggage, police said.
An August report by the Weekly tracked the rise in the crimes over the summer, during which 70 vehicle break-ins took place. Police said they used probation and parole searches, emphasized inter-agency communication, plain-clothes officers and "high-visibility surveillance" to counteract them.
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