Crime is down in Danville, but daytime car burglaries still happen

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DANVILLE (KRON) — Turns out what seems like a safe, quiet environment, unattractive to criminals is the exact opposite.

“The ‘store’ for auto burglaries typically tends to be open during the day, and that’s when people are out,” said Danville Police Chief Allen Shield. “People are having their purses and backpacks in the cars. And, so you have to ‘shop’ when the stores open and thefts from vehicles, that’s a great time for the would-be crooks to shop.”

Chief Shields shared with KRON4 photos of two men and two women who literally went shopping after being connected to at least two auto burglaries reported at Hap Magee Ranch Park.

On May 6, Chief Shields says these four used credits cards at Safeway stores in Alamo and Walnut Creek after they were taken from cars parked in the lot near the dog park in broad daylight.

“These were two locked vehicles, right, so they are taking preventative steps to try to make it as difficult as they possibly can,” he said.

Although Shields says overall, crime is down in his town from year-to-year, auto burglaries consistently continue to happen.

A word of advice, just don’t look like you’re hiding something by the time you actually park, because you never know who is watching.

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