How to avoid becoming a victim of auto burglary during the holidays

SAN RAMON (KRON) — Police are issuing a warning to shoppers this holiday season–hide your valuables out of plain sight or you may become a victim of an auto burglary.

An auto burglary can ruin your post-Thanksgiving celebration, so one East Bay police department is doing their part to get the word out to folks shopping in its town.

As KRON4’s Haaziq Madyun shows you, the officers even produced a video to help get the point across.

It only takes a few seconds for someone to become a victim of a smash-and-grab auto burglary.

“When you come shopping here, there are people that are shopping for you,” San Ramon police Cpl. Rob Ransom said.

San Ramon police produced a special holiday video reminder for residents to lock their car doors and hide their packages while out shopping this holiday shopping weekend

“You should not be able to see anything from outside of the car,” Ransom said. “If that means putting stuff in the trunk, then do that–wallets, purses, briefcases, laptop computers.”

And as for those holiday gifts, one man said he often leaves packages in his car.

“Yes I do, so I might have to be careful in leaving it there because I wanted to go to another store afterwards,” holiday shopper Sim Delegencia said. “So, it’s just normal. You don’t want to carry it around.”

Instead of leaving holiday gifts in the car, Ransom has an answer.

“If you are going to be dropping something off in your car, drop it off and maybe get back in your car and do a little tool around the parking lot and park somewhere different so they think that you have left,” Ransom said.

Although San Ramon is a relatively quiet town with a low crime rate, police say like in other cities, auto burglaries tend to spike over the holidays.

“It’s true. We generally see an uptick in auto burglaries, people breaking into cars,” Ransom said.

“Even though San Ramon is a nice place to be, we try to keep everything in the trunk or at least keep everything concealed in a bag with a towel over it. That way no one sees anything interesting,” shopper Shelby Lorenzi said.

Seeing something interesting left in your car is a holiday gift an auto burglar is looking for.

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