The Apple Valley Police Department has responded to many theft from vehicle reports in 2013.
Theft from vehicle reporting always picks up in the warmer months but the Apple Valley Police Department has responded to several recent reports already this year. Vehicles that have been parked outside in parking lots of commercial property during the evening hours have been targeted. In most instances vehicle windows are being broken and items visible inside are being taken. Items stolen include laptop computers and a variety of bags (handbags, diaper bags, backpacks, etc.). In some instances credit cards stolen from vehicles are being immediately used to make fraudulent purchases.
These thefts can be prevented. Remember to remove valuables from vehicles if parking and leaving them unattended for long periods of time. Be sure to keep vehicles locked at all times. Park vehicles in your garage overnight if possible. Report any suspicious activity you witness with people looking into vehicles or lurking around parking lots. If you discover your vehicle has been entered and items taken, call 911 to report it as soon as possible.