For Immediate Release
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PR #:1400050
Date Issued:May 23, 2014 - 9:25am

Sheriff's Office sees surge in burglaries involving unlocked vehicles

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public today of an increase in burglaries involving unlocked vehicles in the North Valleys and Galena areas.

During the past week, several vehicle burglaries were reported from residents living in the cul-de-sacs along Beckwourth Drive, south of Golden Valley Road. The Sheriff’s office is also investigating a number of vehicle burglaries reported in the area of Galena High School near Mt. Rose Highway.  

All these burglaries involved vehicles that were left unlocked.

The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating these burglaries. In keeping with the Sheriff's Office Area Crime Enforcement System (ACES) strategy, which uses real-time data and information to determine how to best use resources and tactics, the Sheriff's Office response to this emerging trend also includes reminding residents throughout the area of steps they can take to prevent vehicle burglaries in the hopes of preventing future crimes of this nature.

Last October, the Sheriff’s Office launched the “Take ConTRoL” campaign which focuses information that will help keep vehicles and their valuables safe.  

The key messages of the Take ConTRoL campaign are:

C – Clean it Out: remove valuables from your vehicle

T – Take your keys with you. Never leave your car running

R – Report suspicious activity or crimes to the proper authorities as soon as possible

L – Lock your doors every time. Sheriff’s Office statistics show that 75 percent of this year’s vehicle burglaries involved vehicles that were left unlocked

Washoe County residents may learn more about personal safety by visiting the “Staying Safe” page at For updates on public safety trends from the Sheriff’s Office, follow @WashoeSheriff on Twitter or sign up for the Sheriff’s monthly Community Partnership Connection e-newsletter at


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Chuck Allen is the 26th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.


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