A half-dozen auto thefts were reported from May 29 through Tuesday in the East Richmond area, according to police data provided by Owen Martin, president of the Richmond Heights Neighborhood Council.
The car theft uptick has prompted a prevention campaign from the Richmond Police Department, which is advising residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to use an anti-theft device.
From May 17 through Tuesday, a total of nine vehicles were stolen in the area (locations shown in the map above).
Police say the district can attract car thieves due to its close proximity to Interstate Highway 80.
“Please keep an eye on your autos,” Martin warned neighbors in an email Thursday. “Too many have gone missing in our area.”
Where thefts have occurred:
May 17, Amador Street and Solano Avenue (carjacking)
May 18, San Pablo Avenue and Macdonald Avenue
May 19, 4900 block of Macdonald Avenue
May 29, 5400 block of Garvin Avenue
May 31, Kern Street and Garvin Avenue
May 31, San Pablo and Solano avenues
June 1, 4900 block of Macdonald Avenue
June 1, 900 block of Humboldt Street
June 2, 600 block of Key Boulevard
The Richmond Police Department’s summer crime prevention program includes the production of a prevention video (see below), an interactive social media campaign and also the old school method of educating neighbors in person. It is typical to see an uptick in car-related crimes during the summer, police say.