Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

The Santa Barbara Police Department has recently received numerous reports about vehicle burglaries occurring in the city. These incidents have been occurring mainly in recreational areas, the municipal golf course, city parks, beach front and other parking lots/areas throughout the City of Santa Barbara.

It is believed a group of criminals from outside the Santa Barbara area are specifically targeting vehicles that have valuables inside the vehicle. Information has also been received that this network of criminals is highly sophisticated; they utilize “look-outs” observing future victim’s actions, and wait for the victim to leave their vehicle prior to breaking in.

Many victims have reported placing valuables inside the trunk of their vehicle, believing this is a secure location for purses and wallets. These criminals have burglary tools that allows them to gain access discreetly and quickly to the vehicle’s trunk, then remove only the victim’s credit/debit cards, leaving the wallet or purse behind. The victims are initially unaware the crime has occurred, even after returning to their vehicle and retrieving their property that they believed was secured.

The Police Department is recommending to all community members not to leave any valuables inside a vehicle. Take them with you!

Officers and Detectives are actively working on apprehending these criminals. If anyone observes suspicious activity at the above-mentioned locations, call 9-1-1 immediately or SBPD Dispatch 805-882-8900.

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AwareHuman Dec 03, 2021 09:04 AM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

These professional thieves are in every city! So far, SB has largely been , mostly, spared. Go to Vancouver, BC, and if you even leave a Kleenex on your seat, expect a broken window & ransacking. They adore American visitors who stupidly leave laptops, etc. In plain view. In Seattle it's even worse. Such is our world. And NYC is graduating from such thefts to random murdering on subways & streets...Chicago & DC are also rife with all manner of crimes. Don't buy the paradise myth , be vigilant and call police if you see sketch behavior. They count on us being too self absorbed to notice what's going on!

FondofSB Dec 02, 2021 08:53 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

San Francisco started that way by becoming the world capital of (unprosecuted) car burglaries.
It then "graduated" to downtown department stores being ransacked by groups of masked , crowbar and hammer armed looters.
S.B. will follow in those footsteps and nobody seemingly cares about it !

JB86 Dec 02, 2021 08:21 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

How many times do people need to be told not to leave valuables in parked cars? Pretty simple, but some just don't seem to get the concept. Hard to be sympathetic for the victims, though that doesn't change to imperative to bust the bad guys.

FondofSB Dec 03, 2021 01:15 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

@Bumblebee :
They DO get the concept.
The problem is : there is no longer any retribution for this social destructive behavior. And they know it because this "no prosecution" current policy is advertised as a great progress for humanity. So they just take full advantage of it and "help themselves" as much as they can.

bumblebee Dec 03, 2021 01:04 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

How many times do people need to be told not to steal? Pretty simple, but some just don't seem to get the concept. Hard to be sympathetic for the crooks.

FondofSB Dec 03, 2021 02:57 AM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

@ jb86 :
So it's the victim's fault !
Things are only going to get worse with this kind of attitude !

FondofSB Dec 02, 2021 02:00 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

Defund the police and let criminals out of jail : it's only going to get worse and finally hit all neighborhoods !

Chevy67 Dec 03, 2021 09:27 AM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

Finally hit all neighborhoods? Ha, that's funny. Package theft and vehicle theft hits an all-time high EVERY YEAR around the holidays. Where have you been?

FondofSB Dec 03, 2021 03:36 AM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

@ Bosco :
You realize it's happening in Minneapolis and Oakland Ca, even if the "good press" doesn't talk about it ..

bosco Dec 02, 2021 03:12 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

You realize defund is not actually a thing that is happening right? Stop with Fox news talking points.

a-1638484355 Dec 02, 2021 02:32 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

I'd be happy when a vaccinated officer that's adequately paid and trained to respond to crime and not mental health issues arrives, yes.

a-1638483362 Dec 02, 2021 02:16 PM
Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise

Yeah! Let all the unvaccinated law enforcement spread the virus throughout the streets and to the elderly and the jail and donut shops. Who needs cops who follow the rules anyway?

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