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Mill Valley Police Report a Half Dozen Vehicle Break-ins in One Day

The crimes were all reported in the Sycamore area of town, according to police.

Mill Valley police are warning residents of a sudden spike in vehicle burglaries, having responded to six such crimes in less than 24 hours.

According to a crime alert issued Wednesday afternoon by the Mill Valley Police Department, all of the vehicles in question were left unlocked "... which to a burglar is an open invitation to steal."

The crimes were all reported in the Sycamore area of town, according to police.   Specifically, they were reported on Walnut Avenue, Sycamore Avenue, Alvarado Avenue, and Forrest Street.

"This type of theft is not confined to this area but can occur wherever there are unlocked vehicles," police said. 

The agency shared the following advice to keeping your belongings safe: 

  • Lock your vehicle
  • Hide your valuables
  • Take your keys with you
  • Park in your driveway or garage and avoid street parking if possible
  • Report suspicious behavior to the police:  "See Something -- Say Something"

Call the Mill Valley Police Department at 389.4100 or 446.4526 to report a crime and/or suspicious behavior.



teresa February 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM
My husband would be happy to take part in crime-prevention education if anyone wants to set something up. He is a professor in the Criminal Justice program at SF State and has worked with various Bay Area law-enforcement agencies concerning crime-prevention strategies. I think the public needs more information and this Community Center meeting sounds like a great idea - let me know if you'd like contact info.
Annie February 26, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Thank you Teresa! I will call MVPD tomorrow and ask if there is such a coordinator and if there are any plans for a community meeting. I will post it here. In the meantime, citizens be vigilant of suspicious activity and write to those in authoritative positions, City Council, MV Police Chief Bernal and Sheriff Doyle of your concerns.
school bus ninja February 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I believe George Zimmerman is available to help set up the neighborhood watch group now that the trail is over.
Citizen Too February 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Though this does appear as a targeted spree, besides these break-ins Mill Valley is no different than any other community and is not being hit more than others. With all the online options, NextDoor, Patch and other groups, we are just more aware of what is going on. That does not mean you should not lock your car and home, put away valuables and simply do not invite someone to take something of value by leaving it with a "take me" sign posted.

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