In recent weeks, the Porterville Police Department (PPD) has seen a notable increase in reported burglaries and thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout the City. As a result of these thefts, the associated victims are at a loss of thousands of dollars in property and worse, many fall victim to identity theft related crimes. It may only take seconds to fall victim, by leaving a purse within or failing to properly secure a vehicle, but the negative effects of identity theft could linger for years.
PPD is asking residents remain vigilant and ensure no valuables are left within their vehicles at any time due to burglaries occurring during all hours of the day and night. Furthermore, it’s never a good idea to leave a vehicle unlocked for any amount of time.
Lastly, as the cold months are approaching, it is also never a good idea to allow your vehicle to warm up unattended. Annually, PPD feels the impact of an increase in motor vehicle thefts in the morning hours while the victim enters their home for a cup of coffee, something they’ve forgotten, or just to allow the vehicle to warm up unattended.
The Porterville Police Department is continually making efforts at crime prevention and these are just some ways in which the public they serve can help them achieve its goal of reducing crime.