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Warning: Spike in Anaheim burglaries

February 4, 2009 7:36:14 AM PST
There has been a significant increase in O.C. burglaries, especially in Anaheim.The affected area includes Royal Ridge Road and surrounding streets east of South Imperial Highway.

One thing the area has in common in easy freeway access. Police said the crooks are jumping on the freeways after they commit the crimes for an easy getaway.

The increase in crime includes home burglaries, but is mostly related to car break-ins.

Anaheim police said the thieves are looking primarily for portable electronics, like navigation devices and laptops.

The thieves break in, grab the stuff and take off, and the rate that they're committing these crimes is now at a five-month high.

"Unfortunately, the GPS was located still attached to the windshield, so that was a dead giveaway I think," said Bridgit Harness, an Anaheim Hills resident.

Authorities are advising resident to hide all valuables from plain sight, or to take them with you when you leave the car because thieves are targeting these items and show no sign of slowing down.

Police said Creekview Lane, Sunset Ridge Road and Moonridge Lane are also being targeted.

A community meeting has been scheduled to offer more information to neighbors at Running Springs Elementary, 8670 Running Springs Dr., in Anaheim on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Police also encourage anyone with information to call (714) 765-1900.