According to CrimeMapping.com, an organization that reports Tracy Police Department crime statistics, 277 vehicle break-ins have been reported since July 24.
Last week, a local resident, who identified herself only as “Concerned Mom,” returned home after dropping her kids off at school and day care to find a burglary in process.
“I opened my garage door and saw a car that was running parked inside and the garage had been ransacked,” she reported. “A man came over to me and pointed a gun at my window and yelled for me to leave. I started thinking about my kids and thought what if they had no mother. I left and called 911 immediately. This was the scariest thing I had ever gone through; I am so uncomfortable now. Nobody should have to live in fear, especially when it comes to their own home.”
The Tracy Police Department recommends a few safety tips: Know your neighbors and which vehicles belong in your neighborhood. Watch for people “waiting” inside parked cars in front of homes where the owner is not home. Watch for suspicious people going door to door at only a few houses and nonresidents going into side yards or backyards. Listen for unusual noises coming from any nearby home. Engrave valuables with a distinctive mark you can identify in case of theft. In addition, report suspicious activity to the police department at 831-6550.
• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie,” on Channel 26. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.