Property theft from a vehicle is one of the most preventable crimes. Answer the following questions to find out if your daily habits are inadvertently increasing your chance of becoming a property crime victim.
- Do you always lock your car? Leaving your car unlocked is an open invitation to a thief. It is important to always lock your car and close all your windows even if you're gone for only a moment, and even if you've parked in your own driveway.
- Have you ever left your purse, wallet, keys, laptop, briefcase, or any other property in your vehicle unattended? If you answered yes, you are placing temptation right in the path of a would-be thief. Always take your things with you. Never try to hide them under a sweater or beneath the seats. Thieves are not fooled by this common practice.
- Do you leave your garage door open or unlocked—even for a short while? It's always a good idea to park in your garage whenever possible. (Is it time to clean out your garage and make room for your car?) Remember to keep the garage door closed and locked at all times—even if you're just right inside the house, or working in the backyard.
Police experience shows that in more than 50% of property theft cases, victims failed to follow simple precautions to safeguard their vehicles and belongings. Theft is a crime of opportunity. Don't become a convenient target. Take charge by changing any risky behavior. Likewise, if you notice something in your neighborhood that's not quite right, follow your intuition and let us know by calling the non-emergency dispatch phone number at (714) 990-7911. As always, report life-threatening emergencies by calling 911.
Obtaining a Copy of a Police Report
You may obtain a copy of a police report by submitting (mail or fax only) a Request For Release of Records Information form along with a $3 fee. Front counter hours are:
- Monday through Friday - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Sunday - Closed
Identity Theft Prevention
Many victims of vehicle crimes find themselves victims of identity theft. If your vehicle contained identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, social security number and mother’s maiden name, you are at risk of identity theft. An Identity Theft Quick Reference Guide is available at police records front counter (Level 1, Civic and Cultural Center) to assist you in protecting yourself against identity theft and notifying key agencies if you suspect someone has assumed your identity.
Keeping a record of specific equipment and unique physical markers located within and on your vehicle permits law enforcement to identify your stolen vehicle. Suggested ideas of vehicle identification include:
- Record the make, model, and serial numbers of car stereos, tape decks, CD players / changers, cellular phones external speakers, and other equipment in your vehicle.
- Drop business cards, address labels or other identification inside vehicle doors to help assist law enforcement in identifying your vehicle or parts. Do not leave personal identification behind.
- Use an electric engraver to etch your driver’s license number, or other identifying mark on all removable items. This makes your items easy to identify if recovered by law enforcement.