Santa Clara sees increase in car break-ins, 748 this year

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SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Police in Santa Clara say they’ve seen 748 car break-ins this year alone in the city — a 125 percent increase from this time last year. 

The thefts occurred between Jan. 1 and March 10. Police say the top two places where the break-ins occurred are in parking lots in front of retail stores and in front of residences. 

Santa Clara police say they’ve been able to interupt thefts in progress — but in both cases, the suspects crashed into a police or civilian car and evaded arrest. Police were able to apprehend one person in those cases, but the other suspects remain at large. 

To prevent your car from being broken into, police encourage residents to keep items out of plain sight, including sunglasses, cell phones, loose change, garage remotes and laptops. Police say criminals like to “window shop” and if there is nothing in the car, they are less likely to break in. 

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