Nearly 30 automobiles have been broken into in Palo Alto since Aug. 16, prompting the Palo Alto Police Department to warn car owners about keeping valuables in plain sight.
Police are investigating 28 automobile break-ins that occurred between Aug. 16 and Aug. 27, primarily near downtown Palo Alto and the Stanford Shopping Center, police reported.
Most of the items taken during the 12-day period have been electronic products such as GPS devices, cell phones and laptop computers, police said.
A police statement warns people to "never leave valuables in vehicles" and that "any items left in plain view can be stolen by a thief in a matter of seconds."
Anyone who witnesses a break-in is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately. Suspicious activity can be reported through the department's 24-hour phone line at 650-329-2413.