Sheriff’s Department reports December spike in vehicle burglaries


An increase in the number of thefts from vehicles in the coastal communities in and around Encinitas occurred during the month of December, according to a news release by Sergeant Joe Montion of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The majority of these thefts occurred overnight in residential areas, predominately from unlocked vehicles, the release said.

Common items being stolen are small, easily-carried items, such as wallets/purses, sunglasses and bags, as well as small electronics, such as iPods, GPS devices, laptops, and iPads.

“These are crimes of opportunity,” Montion said in the news release. “Please remember to never leave valuables in your vehicle and to always secure your vehicle, even if it is parked at, or in front of, your residence. Also be sure to always secure your garage.

“If you see suspicious activity, particularly individuals looking into cars, please contact the Sheriff’s Communication Center at (858) 565-5200. If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1.”