With the holiday season comes an increase in crime. Reports of petty thefts, auto break-ins and other “crimes of opportunity” in South County are on the rise.
“I did a little wandering around Aliso Viejo and there were many cars I spotted that contained purses and bags on the front seat, loose change, cell phone chargers, etc.,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Julia Smith. “Anything that has a value to it will be taken. This includes items you wouldn’t think would be of value like prescription glasses and garage-door remotes.”
To keep the community safe, Aliso Viejo Police Services is asking residents to remember the following tips:
* Leave nothing visible or valuable in your car.
* Keep doors and trunks locked.
* Never leave a GPS system or mount visible.
* Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
* Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
* Be aware of your surroundings.
Pick-pockets and identity theft
* Bring only the cash and credit cards you need.
* Don’t carry your Social Security card or passport.
* Don’t let others distract you in crowded areas.
* Always keep doors and windows locked, including sliding glass doors and second-story windows.
* If on vacation, schedule a vacation check through Aliso Viejo Police Services (949-425-2560).
* Put timers on different lights inside and outside of your home.
“Package thefts from online shopping is also an issue, especially this time of year,” Julia said. “Just tracking your package with text updates is not enough. When you buy something online, require a signature when that package is delivered so it’s not just left by the door. If you are home, you can request a door knock or a doorbell ring when the package has arrived. You can also reschedule the delivery or request that the package be re-directed to another address.”
Remember to always be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something, say something by calling 949-770-6011.