The idea that someone is checking out parked vehicles during the night and stealing from them prompted neighbor Marklin Brown to post a warning on RanchoMurieta.com Wednesday. He’d learned the hard way, he said in response to a phone call about the post.
Brown said usually he removes any valuables and locks his truck when he parks it in his driveway, but Tuesday night was one of the few times he didn’t do either. He’d just returned from a trip, and he got a little careless. Because this is such a safe community, unlike others he’s lived in, he was lulled into complacency.
In the morning, the wallet and GPS device he’d left in the unlocked truck were gone. Brown spent the rest of the morning canceling credit and ATM cards, and trying to replace his driver’s license and file a police report.
In the past two months, there have been seven reported thefts from vehicles, and virtually all the vehicles were unlocked, Security Chief Greg Remson said Wednesday.
“You’ve got to take away the opportunity,” he said. That’s the perennial message from Security and law enforcement officials: remove valuables from vehicles, close them up, lock them up, and also keep garages locked. “They’ll take anything of value,” Remson said.
He said all but one of the incidents occurred in the area above the second Guadalupe Drive in the North area. The thefts have taken place on different days of the week, with one theft per night. Residents are asked to be vigilant and to report anything out of the ordinary to Security in a timely manner.