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City of Duarte
Wednesday February 28th, 2024 :: 08:11 p.m. PST


Vehicle Burglary Alert - Avoid Becoming A Victim

The City of Duarte and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department would like to alert residents to a recent surge in car burglaries in residential areas and parking lots across the city. Apprehending those responsible for these crimes is a top priority for the City of Duarte and the Sheriff's Department. As law enforcement actively works to investigate and resolve these incidents while increasing patrol presence to prevent further burglaries, residents are encouraged to take proactive steps in safeguarding their property and deterring potential criminals.

To protect your belongings and discourage auto burglaries, consider implementing the following measures:

  • Conceal valuable items to eliminate the temptation for opportunistic thieves. Keep your car clutter-free to reduce the risk of crime.
  • Take all your valuables with you even if you go to the store or gym for a short period of time.
  • Avoid relying on dark tinted windows to conceal valuables, as thieves often use flashlights to see through them.
  • Before leaving your vehicle, ensure all windows are closed and doors are locked.
  • Park in well-lit and heavily populated areas when possible.
  • Make a copy of your registration and insurance and store them in your wallet or purse. Remove all forms of identification from your vehicle, and ensure those authorized to drive it also possess copies of the registration and insurance for police verification if needed.
  • Refrain from leaving garage door openers inside parked vehicles.
  • If you park your vehicle for an extended period, periodically check on it.

Please follow these basic safety measures and secure your property. Above all, promptly report any suspicious activity to the Temple Sheriff’s Station at (626) 285-7171. Your vigilance and cooperation contribute significantly to community safety. If you see a crime in progress, call 911.

City of Duarte
1600 Huntington Dr
Duarte, CA 91030

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 626-357-7931

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