Palo Alto has again become a hot spot for thefts and burglaries from vehicles, with 18 incidents reported on Sept. 14 and 15 alone.
The thefts have occurred all over town, with thieves mainly targeting unlocked vehicles, according to Palo Alto police. In some incidents, the car window was smashed to gain entry.
According to police, the thefts most often occur in commercial parking lots such as along El Camino Real, and in public parking garages, but many of the current incidents also happened in neighborhoods. On Sept. 14, several autos were hit in the Barron Park neighborhood, according to residents. Most of those thefts were from unlocked vehicles.
Numerous auto burglaries often occur cyclically, according to police. As crimes of opportunity, the thieves go for the easiest targets, police say. Palo Alto police instituted a slogan, "Lock It or Lose It!", after a spate of home burglaries where thieves entered through unlocked windows and doors. The same applies for vehicles as the best deterrent, they said.
Anyone who has seen any suspicious activity around vehicles or who has been the victim of a theft form a vehicle or vehicle burglary should report the incident immediately to the Palo Alto Police Department by calling 650-329-2413.
To see a map of the auto thefts, click here.