Milpitas Police Department is warning the community of the increase in auto burglaries so far this year.
Over the first 63 days of this year, there have been 145 car burglaries reported.
In Jan. there were 88 burglaries reported which makes it the highest amount in a month over the last year — Feb. had 57 reported.
Police say at this rate, it will pass last year’s totals.
Here are some things police want you to be aware of in order to help prevent future burglaries:
- The majority of break-ins are happening in parking lots at shopping centers (Primarily Ulfert’s Center, Milpitas Square, McCarthy Ranch, Great Mall of the Bay Area)
- Do not leave bags that can be seen in your car by looking through the window (put them in your trunk BEFORE arriving and parking)
- Take out ALL valuables including laptops, tablets, and phones
- Park in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings
The police department is working to reduce the number of car burglaries by adding officers to shopping centers, working to identify and locate suspect, meeting with property management and security services at the affected shopping centers.
Officials say to report any suspicious activity as soon as possible to the police department by calling (408) 586-2400.
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