Six thefts from unlocked vehicles were reported over the weekend, Rancho Murieta Community Services District Security Chief Greg Remson said Tuesday. The previous weekend, three thefts from unlocked vehicles on the North were reported.
The latest incidents occurred on both the North and South, Remson said. Missing property included GPS devices, a DS video game system, a laptop, and an iPod. He said the thefts involved vehicles parked in driveways that showed no signs of forced entry, although one of the victims believed his vehicle was locked.
"These are preventable crimes. Do not leave any valuables in your car, and always keep your car locked," Remson advised residents. "The GPS units -- those are just easy to see and easy to grab. People leave laptops in their car. That's just crazy."
Remson said the latest thefts occurred on Agradar, Abierto and Celebrar on the South and Robles Grandes and Puerto on the North.
Remson said the Sacramento Sheriff's Department has been informed "and we've asked for help from them with extra patrol at night and ... what other help they can offer us."
In addition to taking preventive measures, Remson asked residents to "just keep an eye out. If they see anything out of the ordinary, something suspicious, call us immediately" at 354-2273 (CARE). For emergencies, call 911, and then notify Security, he added.
Residents are also advised to keep their garage doors closed. "Again, that's the crime of opportunity," Remson noted. "You leave your garage door open and your car's in there. And normally you would close your garage door so who knows what you've left in your car. Hopefully not a purse or car keys."
Remson said crime victims should file a report with the Sheriff's Department by contacting the James L. Noller Safety Center at 354-8509 or using the online reporting system at www.sacsheriff.com