|Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Area would like to warn the public about problems with vehicle-related thefts and burglaries in the Wilshire Area.
For 2014, Wilshire auto detectives are asking the public to be more vigilant in helping to prevent vehicle thefts and related burglaries. Detectives believe public awareness and efforts, coupled with ongoing Wilshire Area police strategies have the potential to significantly reduce these crimes this year by establishing an effective partnership between the Department and the community.
The vehicle thieves are primarily targeting 1990s to early 2000s Hondas and Toyotas. Based on previous incidents and reports, if the public is diligent in taking the following steps, detectives believe their efforts will reduce auto-related thefts:
These additional inexpensive steps may be taken to thwart auto thieves:
Following are some additional common-sense steps the public can take to deter auto thefts:
Some specific parts and furnishings that car thieves are seeking:
Questions may be directed to Wilshire Area Autos Coordinator Detective Carmine S. Sasso at (213) 473-0556. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”
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