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Ventura vehicle break-ins increase in August

August 26, 2011 2:44:47 PM PDT
The Ventura Police Department warned the community of increased vehicle burglaries and thefts over July and August.

From July 5 to August 15, there were a total of 203 burglaries/thefts. There were 103 burglaries and 100 thefts

A burglary involves the use of force to take an item; smashing a window, for example. A theft does not.

From August 15 to the 22nd, there were 37 reported incidents, according to the department. Twenty-two were burglaries and 15 were thefts. The increase of 13 incidents over the previous week marks a 54-percent rise.

Police say the majority of the crimes are being committed overnight or in early-morning hours.

The suspects are usually re-offending parolees, probationers and drug offenders, according to police. They may be individuals or working together in groups.

Police patrols have been increased in response and detectives are investigating the incidents.

Police urged the public to be vigilant, keep vehicle doors locked, park in well-lit areas or in garages, and to be aware of surroundings.

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