Sep 18, 2013 9:40 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Theft & burglary reminder as students move into town

As students move into their new homes, they are distracted and often let their guard down.

"Laptops, cell phones, iPads...all electronics that are an easy grab, and can be sold online," said Bryan Treanor, San Luis Obispo Police Officer.

That's because there are many new faces as the school year kicks off at Cal Pol and Cuesta, so who knows who is a neighbor or who is a thief.

"On Hathway, there is a lot of foot traffic and always a lot of students. A lot of open doors," said Treanor. "You leave your house for five minutes and the next thing you know, your laptop is gone."

But it's not just homes and apartments that are an easy target.

"If the window is partially down, they can reach in real quick and unlock the door," said Treanor. "It's also a time thing especially in the day. They want to get in and get out."

And this is a perfect example of what not to do.

"See a purse right on the seat, plain view. If someone wants that it is not going to take much to get in there," said Treanor.

Thefts from cars and home burglaries are not only common during the first of week of school but, "it is often during the Christmas break time when people are away," explained Captain Chris Staley, San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Captain Staley says that on Wednesday morning, an X-Box was stolen from an area home where the front door was left unlocked.

This all sounds like common sense, but SLO Police say a lot of people aren't paying attention and they become victims, so keep your doors locked and keep that shiny stuff out of sight.



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