Car burglaries on the rise

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As previously reported, the City of Winters continues to experience a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles and some auto burglaries. Although a small portion of these crimes involved forced entry into the vehicles, the vast majority of thefts (70 percent) occurred from unlocked vehicles or vehicles with their windows cracked for ventilation. The thefts have occurred throughout the city regardless if the vehicle was parked in a driveway or on the street.

Some of the items taken are small electronics (lap tops, tablets, iPods, GPS), purses, wallets, assorted cash, and small personal items (chargers and sunglasses). All appeared to be crimes of opportunity involving items left in plain sight.

While several residents have provided screenshots from home security camera and several arrests have been made, the number of thefts from unlocked vehicles has continued un-abated. Since September of 2017, Winters police officers have taken 64 reports and believe many more incidents have gone un-reported.

The Winters Police Department reminds residents that leaving vehicle unlocked and items visible in your vehicle provides an opportunity for thieves to enter your vehicle and take your possessions with little effort. Any information regarding suspicious persons in your neighborhood can be reported anonymously by calling 795-4561.

To help prevent theft always:

~  Park in well-lighted area, if possible

~  Lock your vehicle always and activate security system

~  Never leave valuables, including firearms, in your vehicle

~  Secure all items from view. If it can be seen, it can be stolen

~  Report any suspicious activity to Winters Police at 795-4561 for non-emergency. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Always remembering to “Remove It, Lock It, Or Lose It” reduces your chance of being the next victim.


Winters Police Chief





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