There has been a slight increase in thefts from vehicles over the last several weeks. The Beaumont Police Department has received reports of subjects going through neighborhoods overnight and looking into vehicles. Often times, vehicles are left unlocked and the subjects make off with property left unsecured. On a few occasions, the subjects are breaking into vehicles to take items left inside unattended.
Over the weekend, subjects were canvassing a neighborhood in the North Sundance area looking for their next victim. In this case the subjects checked a locked vehicle and located something they believed was of value. The subjects used a rock to break out the window and steal a bag containing toys. The victim’s camera caught the subjects and officers are investigating to determine if the subjects can be identified.
See the video here: https://youtu.be/cdwjfDXtB2c
Recent changes in laws have made some of these crimes difficult to prosecute and if the violators can be identified, their punishment often ends with citations, not jail time. While the victims on the other hand, suffer the inconvenience and cost of replacing stolen items, repairing damage to their vehicles and even worrying about identity theft which can have long term consequences if an opportunistic thief gets ahold of wallets or purses.
We can work together to prevent crime and we wanted to take this time to remind our residents to be extra vigilant about removing personal items from your vehicles…something as simple as loose change in your center console, a pair of sunglasses, or even a diaper bag can be enough motivation for someone to try to enter your vehicle. Remove any items that could tempt someone to break and enter, check your locks and if you see something suspicious contact our non-emergency line at 951-769-8500.
If anyone has information about this weekend’s case, please contact the On-Duty Watch Commander at 951-769-8500, information can also be reported anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org or online via beaumontpd.org.