ALAMEDA, Calif. (KRON) — Alameda police are reporting a rise in auto-related crimes.
Burglaries, catalytic thefts and carjackings are on the rise, in line with the Alameda Police Division.
Alameda police say that while you’re in your automotive — both parked or driving — retaining your eyes up, taking note of who’s close by, and what’s going on round you’ll be able to hold the thieves away.
“We discover that people who find themselves both stopped at an intersection, or maybe parked of their car and watching motion pictures on their cellphone are usually checked out as potential victims,” mentioned Alameda PD Lieutenant Alan Kuboyama.
Lt. Kuboyama mentioned crooks are carjacking individuals in vehicles with the keys within the ignition. Locking all the doorways and never being distracted by your cellphone will make you much less enticing to thieves, he added.
“We’re discovering the pattern taking place across the area,” he defined. “Definitely, now we have seen it occur right here. However we all know that different cities are coping with the identical challenges.”
Lt. Kuboyama says not solely carjackings are on the rise, however so are auto burglaries and catalytic converter thefts.
One drive we spoke to, who gave her identify as Barbara, mentioned her buddy was lately victimized.
“Had it stolen final week as a result of they broke the window, and two days later, they discovered it one city over and not using a catalytic converter,” Barbara mentioned.
As for the carjackings Lt. Kuboyama suggests utilizing well-traveled roads throughout your commute, and parking in well-lit and visual areas.
“We discovered a couple of vehicles that had been focused, both as a result of they’re high-value autos, or they could be extra of an American-style muscle automotive,” he mentioned.
However he provides that these vehicles haven’t been stolen at a excessive sufficient price to name it a pattern.