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Gym parking lots, hospitals are burglary hot spots

Police warn residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity

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.

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Anyone with information regarding the thefts should contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

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Gym parking lots, hospitals are burglary hot spots

Police warn residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity

by Tyler Bierbower / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 17, 2008, 3:19 pm

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.

Comments

Mike
Highland Oaks
on Jan 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm
Mike, Highland Oaks
on Jan 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I agree that denying a potential thief valuables to go after is the best defense, but I'd also feel generally safer having security cameras covering parking lots and guards on the monitors ready for a quick response.


John
Dublin
on Jan 19, 2008 at 8:36 am
John, Dublin
on Jan 19, 2008 at 8:36 am

"Police are asking residents to be aware of people that look suspicious, anyone driving slowly through parking lots...If that behavior is seen, people should call police."

What does "look suspicious" mean? This sounds like a free pass to pick off just about anybody. Since when is driving slowly through a parking lot suspicious? Should we start speeding?


Fred
Downtown
on Jan 21, 2008 at 12:13 am
Fred, Downtown
on Jan 21, 2008 at 12:13 am

Suspicious is walking around looking in cars or lurking around parking lots slowly...police need to be notified obviously we have a serious issue if there have been 67 automotive burglaries in the past 2 months.


james
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 28, 2008 at 11:31 pm
james, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 28, 2008 at 11:31 pm

120 thefts in under two months and all the police and city council can do is tell us to hide things in our cars and report any suspicious behavior. I guess mayor hosterman has been too consumed with keeping her hawk to care much about public safety.

It seems that we need a mayor, city council, and police chief that care about Pleasanton.


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