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Public Safety Announcement - Lock Your Vehicles

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The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to take a moment to remind you about an important matter that affects many of us—vehicle security and preventing car theft. Every day, the Santa Barbara community relies on their vehicles to get to work, school, and other essential destinations. But sadly, car theft continues to be a concern.

One simple yet effective way to protect your vehicle is by locking it. Always remember to lock your car doors, even if you're making a quick stop. Thieves often target unlocked vehicles because they provide easy opportunities.

Do not keep a spare set of keys, important vehicle paperwork or valuables inside your vehicle. While officers were conducting vehicle theft investigations, it was revealed that many of the stolen cars had been unlocked with a spare set of keys in the glovebox.

Please encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to lock their cars. Together, we can build a strong network of watchful eyes that deter criminals and keep the Santa Barbara community safe. By taking a few extra seconds to lock your vehicle and encouraging others to do the same, you contribute to a resilient community against car theft.

We still need your help! If you notice any suspicious subjects or suspicious activity around parked vehicles, report it to the police immediately by calling 9-1-1.

By looking out for each other, we can create a safer community for everyone.