FLETCHER PARKWAY – A rash of car burglaries in recent weeks has La Mesa police advising local residents to take special precautions to protect vehicles and possessions.
The car break-ins have happened in areas throughout the city but, police say, have a familiar pattern. The thieves target a small area and several cars will have windows smashed and possessions stolen. The thefts generally occur in the late evening and up until sunrise.
Areas that have been particularly hard hit are along Balitmore Drive, north of Fletcher Parkway and along Fletcher Parkway west of Baltimore Drive. The residential areas around Amaya Drive and Severin Drive have also been targets as have apartment and condo complexes where residents do not have garage parking.
Police said Monday nights and Friday nights have a higher incident of events in this recent string of break-ins.
Police suggest residents take these two precautions:
* Be aware that car break-ins usually occur when the perpetrators loiter and then smash a window to steal items left in the car, such as computers, personal electronic devices, sports equipment. Be aware of people loitering with no apparent purpose.
* Park your car in a garage if you have that choice and don’t leave items in plain view. Park in a well-lit area and always lock your doors.
Police encouraged citizens to report suspicious activities by calling 9-1-1.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS or www.sdcrimestoppers.com
. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.