I don't have full details yet, but reportedly, as many as nine (!!) vehicles may have been burgled on the night of September 23. From what I was told, it seemed to be the usual modis operandi - a person or multiple people looking for items that could be easily grabbed and fenced. Drug people, I speculate.
Anyway, keep your eyes open. And for heaven's sake, park as many of your cars in your garages as possible. A couple of years ago, I published a theory that crime is positively correlated with the number of driveway- and street-parked cars. It makes perfect sense - if your intention is to break into cars, where are you going to go? To the areas that have the most cars, duh. Higher densities of cars provide a two-fold advantage: greater potential for theft in a smaller area, plus greater opportunity for physical concealment as the cars are being broken into. The area hit on September 23 does have a lot of outdoor cars, including some that are street-parked. My cul-de-sac does not seem to have been affected, and it's worth noting that we have no cars whatsoever parked overnight on the street, and most of our residents garage their cars. Slim pickens, in other words.
|... AND THEY LEAVE THEIR CARS OUTDOORS SO THEIR STUFF IS EASIER TO GET AT.|
It looks like yet another meme but it's not. This doormat is actually for sale.