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Avoid Being A Victim Of An Auto-Burglary


Presently, the City of Irvine is experiencing a city-wide increase in burglaries from motor vehicles.  Apartment complexes, fitness centers, shopping centers and other parking areas – including in front of your home – often attract opportunistic thieves who are looking for an easy target. (Video)

However, you can take steps to avoid being a victim.  Auto-burglary prevention, like all crime prevention, involves limiting a criminal's ability and opportunity to commit crime.  With very little time and effort, you can make a huge difference in reducing your vulnerability to auto-burglary.  

The vast majority of auto-burglary victims leave valuables in plain view and in more than 50 percent involve vehicle owners who fail to lock their doors.  Among items most stolen are portable GPS navigation units, laptop computers, cell phones, mP3 players (iPODs), wallets and purses – often left conspicuously on the front seat or center console of the vehicle. 


Here are some simple tips to minimize the likelihood that your vehicle will be targeted:


  • Do not leave valuable items in plain view in your vehicle, or minimally, lock valuables in your trunk
  • Always remember to lock your car and roll your windows up all the way
  • Engage your alarm, if your vehicle is equipped with one
  • Park in well lit areas when possible
  • Report suspicious behavior to the police


Next time you park your car, remember, “Remove it or Lose it.”  Please contact the department’s Crime Prevention Unit or your Area Commander if you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more about how to work in partnership with us to prevent crime.


Commander Mike Hamel

Portola Area

(949) 724-7055


Commander John Hare

University Area

(949) 724-7110


Commander Barry Aninag

Crossroads Area

(949) 724-7025



Crime Prevention Unit - (949) 724-7193 - slind@ci.irvine.ca.us