Alameda police are reminding people to take steps to protect their property from thieves who break into vehicles in the wake of recent thefts throughout the city.
In many cases, valuables were left visible, making them easy targets for thieves, police said. Police recommend people practice "TLC" to help curb the thefts. The "T" stands for taking out valuables; the "L" stands for locking the vehicle; and the "C" stands for closing all windows, police said.
Police are also reminding people to park in visible locations and well-lit areas. Commonly stolen items include cellphones, GPS devices, laptops, purses and briefcases. On just Jan. 30 alone, thefts from vehicles were reported on Haight Avenue, Third Street, Broadway, Channing Way and Pearl Street. Police also ask anyone who notices suspicious activity to immediately call 911.
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