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Ways to prevent vehicle break-ins and thefts

Posted at 1:54 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 08:24:35-04

(KGTV) -- A vacation to San Diego turned chaotic for two woman after valuables were stolen from their trunk as they visited a friend in La Mesa.

The incident happened at the Woodland Terrace Apartments Saturday.

Following the break-in, 10News is diving into crime statistics in the area and tips on how to keep your valuables safe on the go.

According to, the worst days within the last month for vehicle break-ins and thefts in a two mile radius of the apartment complex were Saturday and Sunday.

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Over the last month, there have been seven vehicle break-ins and thefts on Saturday and an equal number on Sunday.

According to the data, the fewest number of break-ins and thefts over the last month occurred on Friday.

Many websites offer tips on preventing vehicle break-ins. Nationwide Insurance says the best thing you can do is park in a busy area. Nationwide says thieves are unlikely to break into a vehicle with lots of people standing around.

Check out other tips below from Nationwide:

  • If you’re parking somewhere after dark, park in a well-lit area or near a lamppost
  • Chose a lot with an attendant
  • Lock your doors and roll up windows
  • Activate your vehicle’s security system
  • Consider window tinting (if permitted by local laws)

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Nationwide also says that, while your trunk is better than the passenger compartment, thieves will often stake out a parking lot when you place things in your trunk.

The company recommends transferring valuables into the trunk before you get to where you’ll be leaving your car unattended.