For the past four weeks, automotive burglaries in Pleasanton have been on the rise.
In December, police reported 67 thefts from autos and so far there have been 47 this month. Many of these crimes are committed in the parking lots of local gyms, the hospital and also along Santa Rita Road, West Las Positas Boulevard, Hacienda Drive and Main Street.
Since early last month, police investigated a total of 26 auto burglaries in the parking lots of ValleyCare Medical Center, Express Fitness, 24-Hour Fitness and on or near Main Street.
Police are asking residents to be aware of people that look suspicious, anyone driving slowly through parking lots, sitting in their cars for an extended period of time or looking into car windows. If that behavior is seen, people should call police. The criminals have been targeting items of significant value such as laptop computers, purses, wallets, cell phones and GPS devices.
The best way to protect yourself is to not leave any valuable items in your car and if necessary, place them out of plain view by locking them in the trunk or placing them under a seat. Also, remember to roll up windows and lock all doors.
Anyone with information regarding the thefts should contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.