Jun 5, 2015

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.


  1. stolen license plate corner of Grant and 25th street

    Roberto C. Comandao | Jun 5th, 2015
  2. How about increased patrol!?! Prefer that to a cartoon.

    Evan | Jun 8th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.