We went for a hike on the coast a few months ago and parked in an official “Parks and Recreation” lot. Just a short walk down the beach for a breath of fresh air. Upon returning to the car I noticed broken glass on the passengers side of the car. Within a second my friend was leaning up against the car in shock… her purse, iPhone, and camera were gone. Even though I know the security risk with objects left in the car, I forgot to check my friend’s seat before locking up the car. So all of this prompted me to write a short set of facts and recommendations about this crime.
Larceny-theft is the “unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession . . . of another. It includes crimes such as shoplifting, picking pockets, purse snatching, thefts from motor vehicles, thefts of motor vehicle parts and accessories, bicycle thefts, etc., in which no use of force, violence, or fraud occurs.”
In my case the larceny is classified as “From Motor Vehicle” … and I think the numbers speak for themselves.
Here are a few ideas of how to prevent this crime: