Santa Barbara Police Warn of Increased Vehicle Burglaries

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to alert citizens -- be aware of suspicious activity stemming from high traffic areas like retail parking lots or beachfront parking areas. The constant turnover and activity aide a thief’s ability to blend in with the environment.

Recently, there has been a rash of vehicle burglaries and theft from vehicles at the Arroyo Burro Beach Park (Hendry’s Beach) as well as other beachfront parking areas and trailheads. Police suspect professional crews are specifically targeting those areas due to high value opportunities.

The vehicles are often accessed while locked with the use of tools to force entry.

Sometimes, thieves steal only a couple of credit cards – returning the wallet or purse to its original location in the vehicle.  They rack up thousands of dollars of charges before an unsuspecting victim realizes that they have been taken.

Don’t become a victim.  The Santa Barbara Police Department encourages citizens to:

  • Lock your car and take your keys with you -- numerous stolen cars are taken because people leave their key or key fob in the car and leave it unlocked; 
  • There’s no such thing of a good hiding spot inside a vehicle. Do not leave purses, backpacks, wallets, phones, or anything else of value in your parked car.  
  • Do not store holiday gifts in your trunk. After gift shopping, remove those items from your vehicle as soon as possible.

Do your part. Remain aware, help us catch these thieves by reporting any observed suspicious activity by calling 911.

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Basicinfo805 Nov 19, 2020 07:01 PM
Santa Barbara Police Warn of Increased Vehicle Burglaries

Hendry's has always been called "the Pit". Unfortunately, it's been turned into a pit, for a long time now, by lots of losers that hang out around there. Not at all surprised to see the crime reports there. Saw that writing on the wall a few years back. I'd give it a D+ on the local list of beaches. What a shame. But hey, if we have fewer police and some more "social worker-diffusers" (I'm sorry I'm not sure what the 'defund the police' crowd would call them), would that help? I didn't think so either.

seahorse Nov 20, 2020 09:07 AM
Santa Barbara Police Warn of Increased Vehicle Burglaries

From the article, "Police suspect professional crews are specifically targeting those areas due to high value opportunities." It is unlikely that the recent rash of thefts is due to the colorful characters who hang out at the picnic tables at Hendry's. It's probably well dressed people arriving in a late model car- blending in.

YELLOWFIN Nov 20, 2020 08:14 AM
Santa Barbara Police Warn of Increased Vehicle Burglaries

Roger says our Police Dept has a lot of good people. If you don't agree, argue with Roger, not me. He has the experience, I just learn from him. If you read edhat yesterday you'd have seen an article about how a special division handles mental cases and domestic dispute issues. According to this article it seems to be helping. In the situation that was reported, the person was successfully arrested and nobody got killed.

PitLocal Nov 20, 2020 09:29 AM
Santa Barbara Police Warn of Increased Vehicle Burglaries

Hey Basicinfo805, yeah, the Pit has turned into a place where lots of losers hang out. You're right - it's tuned into a beach most popular with tourists and wealthy LA/ Bay Area transplants. Its so gentrified you can't even get into the parking lot most days now. The Pit now epitomizes the impact of our community selling out to development and the ever increasing gap in the wealth demographic of our country. Not that I like break ins in our beach parking lots either, but hey, you're more than welcome not to hang out there.

Basicinfo805 Nov 22, 2020 02:31 PM
Santa Barbara Police Warn of Increased Vehicle Burglaries

What does gentrification have to do with the full parking lot? I see the disdain you're expressing with the wealthy LA crowd, and I'm not a fan of that group either but welcome to Santos Barbara. That's nothing new at all. If you're a pitlocal you'd remember the bumper sticker from the 70's that said "LA GO HOME". But do you think we should have a locals only parking permit process or something? I don't know. I'm also not a fan of the drinker/lurker crowd ("locals?") who are constantly hanging out staring at people there either. But that's happening all around - check out Ledbetter! What a dive. Lots of "locals"...

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