We have noticed a recent increase in residential and vehicle burglaries, not only in our city, but countywide as well. In fact, in May and June alone, there were more than 215 vehicle burglaries in Marin County, which is an increase of 107% from last year. As we continue to patrol your neighborhoods and conduct specialized operations to deter and arrest those responsible, we are encouraging you to take a few extra steps to better secure your homes and your vehicles.
Secure any visible property from your vehicle, or items that may appear to contain property of value, by removing the items from the vehicle or locking the items in the trunk. Lock your vehicle and activate the alarm if you have one. Locked vehicles with no visible property are less likely to be burglarized than unlocked vehicles or vehicles with visible property.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, contact the police immediately. These crimes take seconds to complete. Descriptions of suspects and their involved vehicles provided contemporaneous with the act allow the police a greater opportunity to catch the suspects.
Residences, like vehicles, present similar opportunities to thieves when not properly secured. Lock your doors and windows when you are not at home. Do not leave extra keys in areas where people are prone to look for them (doormats, nearby plants, above door frame, etc.). If you have an alarm, make sure it is in working order and activate it. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, let your neighbors know. Again, if you see something suspicious, then contact the Mill Valley Police Department immediately (415-389-4100 for non-emergency and 911 for emergency, as appropriate).
If you have camera systems, then please take a few minutes to register them with the Mill Valley Police Department. We do not monitor your camera system, but knowing where cameras are located within our city can be very beneficial in identifying and locating suspects.
It is important to remember you are our partners in deterring these crimes. Your neighborhood knowledge and awareness is essential to identifying suspicious persons and activities. Please be vigilant and call us immediately of you see something out of the ordinary.