If a Santa Clarita Valley resident finds a new, bright-yellow notice on their car or truck courtesy of a Sheriff’s Station deputy or volunteer, it could be a new head’s up alert from the station, officials said.
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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are trying to raise awareness and cut down on crimes of opportunity throughout Santa Clarita and the unincorporated areas with the new notices.
Volunteers, and deputies, when the opportunity arises, have notices saying “Auto Theft/Burglary Prevention Program: Your vehicle has determined to be at risk for the following reasons:”
The notice then lists several factors that put a resident at risk of becoming victimized, such as “door left unlocked” or “valuable property left in plain sight.”
“It’s part of a new proactive approach we’re taking at the direction of Capt. (Roosevelt) Johnson to help residents become aware when they’re putting themselves at risk,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Prevention Unit.
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The unit regularly analyzes crime data and puts out Nixle reports detailing information on crime trends for residents.
Unlocked doors, garages and other vehicles are frequently a target for thieves, and deputies are hoping to cut down on the thefts.
These crimes tend to rise during the summer, Dubin said, making this the best time to implement the notices.
When asked if the notices would serve as alerts for would-be thieves, Dubin pointed out a notice also would imply deputies are in the area and on patrol.
The program was modeled after successful versions of a similar system at county Sheriff’s Stations, he added.
In an interview early last year, Deputy Regina Yost, who manages the Valencia zone for the Crime Prevention Unit, said these types of so-called crimes of opportunity account for more than half of the incidents she handles.
Valuables left out in the open could tempt a would-be thief to smash a window for electronics that are easily resold, she said.
“I think the biggest thing is iPods and iPhones — if a person sees a charger cord hanging from any part of a vehicle, they assume an item is connected to it,” she mentioning expensive bags for equipment or briefcases.
Anyone with information about a crime is still being asked to call the Sheriff’s Station st 255-1121.
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Source: Santa Clarita News