North Division Pilot Program Targeting Auto Crimes Proves Effective

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Monday, February 9, 2015, officers from the North Patrol Division concluded a three-week pilot program which launched on January 21, 2015, designating available patrol units to an Auto Crimes Operation to focus enforcement efforts towards combating automobile crimes, specifically auto theft and auto burglary.

The operation consisted of uniformed and undercover officers from North Division Patrol and the Directed Enforcement Team, with the assistance of a California Department of Corrections Parole Officer. Officers assigned to the operation identified, detained, and arrested individuals associated with auto related crimes.

The Auto Crimes Operation yielded six (6) felony arrests, six (6) misdemeanor arrests, 41 traffic citations, 14 recovered stolen vehicles, five (5) vehicles towed for miscellaneous violations, and over 85 individuals interviewed. The arrests were made on charges of driving a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property and parole violations.

We want to remind the public of the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of an auto related crime:

  • Secure all windows and doors
  • Never leave valuables where they are visible to passersby
  • Never leave your car running and unattended
  • If your car is equipped with an audible alarm, use it!
  • Consider installing a vehicle locator/recovery system

The Long Beach Police Department is committed to reducing auto crime and the North Division plans to continue supporting this goal with additional operations.

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