With Vehicle Burglaries and Vandalism on the Rise, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Has Some Tips

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Humboldt COunty Sheriff's Office

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received an increase in reports of vehicle burglaries and vandalisms on beaches along the Samoa peninsula, including the Samoa Dunes and the Ma-le’l Dunes.

Car prowl, also known as theft from vehicles, is a crime of opportunity. An offender makes a decision to break into a vehicle based on a perception that there are items of value inside the vehicle, which makes the potential payoff worth the risk. A car prowl can be completed in a minute or less, leaving very little investigative clues behind.

Because car prowl is a crime of opportunity, there are steps the public can take to prevent this crime from occurring.

1. Keep the interior of your vehicle “showroom” clean. Always remove valuables from inside your vehicle. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office commonly receives reports of purses, bags, briefcases and wallets being stolen from vehicles. We have even received reports of thieves breaking in to steal a pair of sunglasses. Even if you do not believe the item is of value, remove it from plain site.

2. Be cautious when storing valuables in your trunk. If your vehicle is equipped with a trunk release button on the inside, car prowlers can easily access your vehicle’s trunk space. While “hiding” items in your trunk may reduce the chance for your vehicle to be a target, the action will not completely protect you from theft.

3. Remove garage door openers, key cards, and house, work or car keys from your vehicle.

4. Always lock your vehicle, even if you are home. In public places, it may be tempting to leave your vehicle windows down to avoid vandalism. However, this puts you at even more risk, leaving vehicle registration and insurance information accessible to anyone nearby and increasing your chances of falling victim to identity theft, burglaries at your home and vehicle theft.

Whether at the beach, at the river or on the trails, take extra precautions to protect your property while enjoying Humboldt County’s great outdoors.
To report a vehicle burglary or related criminal activity, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (707) 445-7251.

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30 comments

  • I have some tips too:
    1) When people commit crimes, punish them.
    2) Stop giving free stuff to criminals.
    3) Stop treating criminality as acceptable.
    4) Make sure law enforcement actually spends resources on stopping crimes, rather than hiding behind onramps.
    5) Vote only for politicians who will do these.

    • a better tip would be to stop creating criminals. education does wonders. it is literally what all the service programs try to implement, but for most its too late, but not all which is why they are still committed. vote progressive and not delusional “we want it back the way it was” conservatives.

      • Think You Got That One backwards (as usual) this country has gone from conservative to Progressive in the last 30 or 40 years not the other way around. It’s Progressive school policies that caused the education level in this country to drop not conservative. It’s also a Progressive mentality that lets criminals off with a slap on the wrist instead of severe consequences. It’s also a Progressive policy to give money to people that do not earn it, including drug addicts, convicted felons and other criminals.

        • do more research. like how old are the majority of perp, who raised them, did they go to Zoe Barnum? once you look at the data it becomes a no brainer and like the drug epidemic, its the same data nationwide. you can’t solve anything when you can’t face the truth. there are about 2,500 to 5,000 perps in Eureka alone that should go to jail under old laws. do you think there is a facility we could build or afford to build or afford to run, to do so? I don’t have it backwards. stop creating them.

          • The only way to stop creating them is by putting birth control in the meth supply.

          • Local observer, you are undoubtedly the one who has it backwards. It WAS progressive policy that made you illiterate to the point that you can’t even come close to punctuating a paragraph properly, sorry. No doubt you went to public schools, which are progressive and worse than ever. Talk to an average college student. If you pay people to do nothing and tax people more and more who work, you get more and more people not working, surprise!

            Show me an American ghetto and I’ll show you a city run by Democrats.

          • I don’t disagree that lack of Education plays a key role in producing more criminals as does poverty. I simply disagree that it was conservative policies that caused the decline and that Progressive viewpoints will help fix it.

            • Amazingly most people can graduate from high school without knowing even the most superficial organization of our government. Or the history that spawned it. They can get through college without understanding so they take it as an article of faith that they can fix what they don’t even understand. And apparently they intend to fix it by screaming down those that have a different idea.

              Personally I think the present level of incivility comes from over educating those who don’t have the will to use an education and not supplying useful values for those who stop thinking at an early age. They have been taught to be comfortable with themselves as long as they spit out the pablum they were fed in school. It’s called self confidence and self esteem.

              Used to be that, while still fed a slightly different variety of pablum, students left school pretty insecure and somewhat traumatized. That left them willing to question their own thinking. Being the common level of thinking in the world, insecure and slightly traumatized people are much healthier and in better shape to deal with the realities of the world than those who automatically and relentlessly believe in themselves.

        • Elric of Melniboné

          Exactly.

  • Meth. Poverty. = crime

    • Meth. Wealth = crime but constant rehab rather than jail. You confuse a better class of crime with no crime.

  • I hate stinky hippies

    Only a sick society allows this shit to even start happening. Yer all reaping the fruits of your selfish ways.
    Its a shithole and you know it.

    • God damn Short Hairs

      Perfect example is Hair Hitler The Flaming Orange Satan Chump trump! Damn right we’ve reaped what we’ve sown.

  • I’d like to see some of that Measure Z money used on bait car stings. It sucks that you can’t even go relax at the beach without some junkie breaking into your car.

    • I agree. Why not more stings? Even just an unchained bike left somewhere.

      • It dosent work because there’s no punishment for breaking into cars or petty theft! “ laws and rules without punishment are only guidelines for manipulation “.

  • Just imagine if all the asset forfeiture deputies busting some schmuks pot grow actually were on patrol suppressing these crimes. Guess there’s no money in it.

    • They couldn’t keep up with the ever increasing numbers coming from those who conduct a life of crime with pride. You stop a flood at the source, not bailing like a fool.

  • “The police are not here to obstruct disorder, the police are here to preserve disorder.”

    Chicago Mayor Richard Daily inside the 1968 democratic convention while the Illinois national guard beat the shit out of students outside protesting the Viet Nam war.

    Fifty years latter they are still preserving the disorder by continually releasing criminals back into the outside world with little to no time served for pretty much any crime out there.

    • God damn Short Hairs

      Not a huge fan of cops but they just carry out the stinkin’ orders of pencil pushing panzy politicians. Cops enforce disorder but they aren’t smart enough to create it.

  • Young people need jobs and role models. To show them what success is like. Not self righteous idiots on the internet.

    • Yes, yes, yes. Less pot stories and more Parents of the Year stories. Too many readers of this site seem to think that crime is natural way of life for everyone.

  • What is wrong with you? Don’t you know it’s so much easier to be self-righteous than it is to do something positive?

  • Taxpaying Tomas

    I got a tip for law enforcement as well. do your fucking job!
    Stop booking and releasing violent felons all in the same day. Do your fucking job!

    • The people of California voted for that one. Proposition 47. The lawyers’ definition of “violent felon” is not that most crime victims would have.

  • There’s only one way out of Samoa. It would be cheap and easy to sting these motherfuckers and stop thieving scumbags who are making this place a shithole. Instead, these useless cops get paid overtime to cut down pot plants, hand out speeding tickets and abatement notices. Like any government job, when you give them more money they misuse it and complain about a lack of resources. They hand out more abatements and speeding tickets instead of prioritizing crime. This is the nature of government and the reason why sane people want less of it.
    Yes “local observer”, some of us “want it back the way it was” when government only consumed a small percentage of the economy rather than NEARLY HALF. A time when you, instead of some lazy scumbag, could keep the fruits of your own labor. A time where you didn’t have to have a fucking business license to cut hair, sell flowers, set up a god damn lemonade stand. A time where we were the largest creditor, rather than debtor, nation. A time where people understood the meaning of liberty and distrusted government (due to it’s long, shitty historical record) rather than relying on them A time where people came to this country with no expectations from the gov other than to have their freedoms protected and to be left the fuck alone to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

    • God damn Short Hairs

      Lets NOT go back to a time where the godsend cannabis was illegal due to a peabrain right wing losers and useful pawns for the rich. Let’s not go back to a time when white boys had an advantage based on misogyny and racism. And let’s not go back to a time when nuclear power was considered “safe”. Going back is regressive and favored by the REAL snowflakes: right wingers who are scared of everything.

  • I caught a shithead named [edit] breaking into my vehicle at Samoa beach. I managed to track the jackass down to his door step and called HCSO and they didn’t do a thing.

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