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Posted: 10:39 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. —
New safety measures are now in place following an increase in car burglaries around the Oakland International Airport and police said the effort is paying off. Oakland police have warned people in rental cars to stash their valuables out of sight from car thieves after crime statistics released Wednesday showed a rise in rental car break-ins. Officers put up an electronic sign a few weeks ago near the airport warning people to stash valuables out of sight, but soon that message will be targeted specifically towards tourists. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said travelers in rental cars are stopping for a quick bite to eat and leaving valuables out in plain sight. "We have seen an increase in crime in this particular area," said Watson. "Mostly what we're seeing are folks coming from the Oakland airport." Last month, Oakland police stepped up patrols and statistics released Wednesday showed marked improvement in the number of break-ins. "We were looking at 47 and now (it's) about 21…in the last 30 days,” Watson said.
Police are currently working with all the rental car companies, local businesses and the airport to educate guests about staying safe in Oakland.
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