Reports of car thefts, vandals on the rise in Ocean Beach

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Someone sliced through the window of an Ocean Beach resident's vehicle but thankfully couldn't get it to start.

Now he's worried about who they might hit next. 

"So we look out for each other so the idea that someone would come overnight steps from where I sleep, steps from where my kids sleep, you know and try to steal your car, it's angering," David Levine said.

An anger that probably won't go away until Levine gets the window on his jeep fixed. 

"I put tape over it already but there are two big slices here and then a slice here," Levine said.

Someone sliced into his 1999 Jeep Wrangler, but Levine knows it could've been much worse.

"There's bent metal. It looks like they tried to take a screwdriver to turn it over," Levine said. "So I got lucky." 

Levine is lucky because he still has his Jeep. His neighbor doesn't. 
 
"Three houses down there's a very new, very nice Jeep, lots of mods, and it was just stolen without a sound," Levine said.

The most frustrating part, Levine said, is all the damage could have been avoided if the thieves had just tried his door handle -- which he keeps unlocked. 
 
"The money doesn't really matter, it's not about the money, it's about the violation of trust, a violation of where you live," Levine said. 

Levine said he's looking into some security modifications. Crime mapping in the area shows there have been at least eight vehicles stolen from this area in the last month in a one-mile radius, along with more than a dozen vehicles break-ins and thefts.

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