Jan. 9, 2013
Misty Volaski, email@example.com
Ojai residents should be aware that the Ventura Police Department issued a Community Crime Alert Wednesday morning in response to a significant increase in residential burglaries from Dec. 31 through Jan. 6. Most of them, the report said, “were the result of garages, windows and/or doors being left open or unlocked.”
Neighbors of the victims told police that they’d seen a white van casing the areas and that a person was going door to door looking for a lost puppy. “It is also believed some of the suspect(s) may be using the ‘knock-knock’ method to see if an individual is home, or they may also go door to door with offers of handyman/contracting type services or magazine sales,” the report noted. Items being stolen are usually smaller and easier to grab, such as money, small electronics, laptops, gaming systems, jewelry, personal documents and guns.
Thefts from vehicles remain steady, Ventura Police said, and are typically the result of unlocked doors and open windows. Purses, luggage, wallets, documents, phones, computers and other electronics are most often the targets.
Residents in the Ojai Valley have not reported a similar increase in burglaries in the last two weeks, said Ojai Sgt. Steve Arthur. “We haven’t seen that here in the valley,” he said, “but, Ventura is only a stone’s throw from Ojai, so that type of scam could come this way.”
Both Arthur and the Ventura Police offered suggestions to reducing the risk of burglary. “It’s the same crime prevention tip — keep everything locked up and keep a light on,” Arthur said.
Police urged the public to report suspicious subjects in their neighborhoods by calling 646-1414 in Ojai and 650-8010 in Ventura. They also suggest residents ask to see the business licenses of door to door salespeople. In addition, valuables should not be left in vehicles, or should be stored in a trunk.