Santa Barbara Police are warning the community about an increase in vehicle burglaries at parks.
Police say thieves are targeting cars with wallets, purses, or bags left inside. The burglars usually get in through the driver’s side door. Officers say the burglars are taking cash and credit cards from wallets and purses, but leaving the wallet behind. This buys the thief more time to use the stolen credit cards because the victim doesn’t realize their credit cards are missing.
Police say there have been incidents at several local parks, including Elings Park, Shoreline Park, and Chase Palm Park Expansion.
Police are reminding people to never leave valuables inside of a parked vehicle. If you do have to lock your purse or other belongings in the car, make sure they’re out of view. Once you return to your car, check your wallet or purse to make sure your credit cards and cash weren’t stolen.