Keeping Valuables Out of View

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LA MESA -- Thieves often choose a car to burglarize by what valuables are left visible inside the car.

What do you have in your car right now? Your gym bag? Your briefcase? Your tool box? By leaving these valuables in your vehicle you risk having them stolen. During January and February of this year, the value of one item stolen during a vehicle burglary, or from an unlock vehicle, averaged $106. Frequently stolen items include purses, wallets, phone chargers, keys, tools, pharmaceuticals, CDs, clothing, cash, and other electronics. Whether at home or on the go, reduce your risk: take your valuables with you when you park your car.
Traffic Information: In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes decreased by 4.9 percent from 10,759 in 2009 to 10,228 in 2010. The alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased to 0.34 in 2010 from 0.36 in 2009. An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2010.
Drivers are considered to be alcohol-impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher. Thus, any fatal crash involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered to be an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Despite these recent reductions, we need everyone’s help to continue reducing drinking and driving.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Did you know that it is a violation of the La Mesa Municipal Code to scavenge, tamper with, move, remove, tip, deface or destroy any garbage or refuse container or its contents? Although it may seem harmless for people to scavenge through your recycling bin, they are stealing and it provides an opportunity for individuals to check out your neighborhood, street, and home. They may want more than your recyclables and could come back later to burglarize your home. They may also be looking for your personal and banking information thrown away with the rest of the recycling. The potential loss associated with identity theft is great and the recovery process can be difficult. Be alert and report recycling theft and suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood to the La Mesa Police by calling (619) 667-1400. If someone comes into your backyard to get to your recycling and you feel threatened, call 9-1-1 with suspect details. For more information on home security, identity theft, or the Neighborhood Watch program contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545.
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