VIDEO: Auto burglars targeting cars in parking lot of popular Concord walking trail

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CONCORD (KRON) — Auto burglars are targeting vehicles in the parking lot of a popular Concord walking trail.

Police say thefts from vehicles at this location is an ongoing problem.

“It’s a nice day out,” Concord resident Marisela Heart said. “I thought my car would be a lot cooler if I just left a window or two down.”

But you might want to reconsider that decision because some residents said there has been a rash of thefts from autos in recent weeks.

“I hike all the parks here and…you hear the stories everywhere,” resident Steve Painter said.

Becci Barela showed KRON4 the remains of a shattered car window on the ground at the Lime Ridge parking lot on Treat Boulevard.

“Oh of course,” Barela said. “I think somebody’s car got broken into which makes me sad because this is a nice community, but we all have to watch out for each other.”

But Concord police Cpl. Kristen Thoms said auto burglaries are down 30 to 40 percent in 2016.

Those stats represent a citywide reduction in auto burglaries, Thoms said.

However, she explains why auto break-ins remain a problem for vehicles parked at Lime Ridge.

“People know that vehicles are there unattended,” Thoms said. “People go off for long walks, there’s not residences around these parking lots or businesses where people might be watching, and they know that they can possibly get away with crime.”

Thoms said there are things people can do to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves.

“Lock your vehicles if you go on hikes or walks, and also hide anything of value in the car such as backpacks, laptops, and cellphones,” Thoms said.

In response to the auto burgalries, Concord police have increased patrols in the area around Lime Ridge.

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