Police: Public Support Needed to Reduce Vehicle-Related Crime in Concord

June 4, 2014 23:33 pm · 19 comments

The Concord Police Department is urging the public to take some basic precautions to protect vehicles and personal property due to a recent state-wide and Bay Area spike in vehicle-related crimes.

In response to this recent trend, the Concord Police Department has implemented several approaches: proactive patrol, focused and comprehensive investigations, and community outreach and education.

However, for the Police Department to be successful in reducing vehicle-related crime in Concord, the department needs the awareness, vigilance, and support of the public to simply make it harder for vehicle burglars and thieves to commit these thefts. Together, residents and Police Officers can reduce the frequency of these crimes, as well as arrest and prosecute those responsible.

Residents are encouraged to follow these steps to protect vehicles and personal property:

  • When parking your vehicle, take your valuables with you whenever possible.  Leaving valuables visible in your vehicle is a sure way to attract the attention of a thief. Be sure to always lock your vehicle and close all the windows when it is unattended.
  • At night, try to park in well-lit areas of parking lots or heavily-traveled areas if parked curbside. Consider using an inexpensive vehicle security device (“The Club”) or ignition-disabling alarm system to reduce the chances of your vehicle being stolen. Always take your vehicle’s keys with you! Properly secured vehicles will absolutely have a deterrent effect on many criminals.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report suspicious behavior, and allow the police to investigate if that behavior is innocent or criminal. It is always better to call and let the police do their job, rather than rationalize suspicious behavior and not call. For example, people loitering in parking lots and peering into vehicles or trying door handles are absolutely suspicious behaviors, and merit a 9-1-1 call right away.

For more information, visit  www.cityofconcord.org/police/preventcrime.

funny man June 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM

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Justin June 5, 2014 at 3:57 AM

Not that I disagree, but there’s way more that could be done at several levels to reduce issues like this.

The CPD needs to get tougher on actual crimes, more patrolling, better response.
Stop building section 8. Oversaturate an area with lower socio-economic elements and you’re going to start seeing more crimes.

Otto Glass June 5, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Ok, CPD, I’ll do all those things, but you gotta do a sting at the Lime Ridge parking lot. I suspect it’s a one-man crime wave. Deal?

Schmee June 5, 2014 at 6:17 AM

If the cops can’t do their job. Replace them with someone who can.

Tom June 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Excellent advice. Those of us who get it are already doing this. Unfortunately, illogical people don’t get it, and they never will.

Won’t be long before the “the Club doesn’t work” crowd comes along. Fine, have your older Honda or Toyota stolen at BART (or anywhere) and I’ll be sure to post a really nice comment about it on Claycord.

Don’t say CPD didn’t warn you.

Cynthia June 5, 2014 at 7:24 AM

More night time patrol, well lit, sensor lighting. Catalytic converter stolen 3xs. Now have camaras!

Agree with Otto Glass also!

annon June 5, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Most people are unaware of what’s happening . Spread the word about Claycord.com so they can find out what’s happening and the helpful advice posted here. The Claycord community is here to help. Nobody needs to feel alone and helpless. We are all here to support each other in situations like this. Let’s get the word out about Claycord.

LoJack June 5, 2014 at 7:31 AM

LoJack is a good deterent. Having the club is also a good deterent. Thugs are lazy axxxholes, so if you make stealing a car more difficult for them, it is always a good deterent. Soon we’ll all have to get locking nuts on our wheels. I noticed it’s an accessory for many Honda models (especially the Civic) these days. Too bad that we have to do this now due to the out of control lost thugs. Sad and disgusting. The city should put up cameras in the Limeridge parking lot…i’d say that all parking lots should now have cameras. It may be the only way to really crack down on these crapheads.

Anony June 5, 2014 at 7:37 AM


Just a Concordian June 5, 2014 at 7:43 AM


So what do you propose we do with the white collar criminals. You know, people like yourself.

RandomTask June 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

hate to say it but you keep voting in criminals who pilfer and abuse tax dollars and leave nothing for police and fire …..sleep tight

mamatosix June 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Police : Public needs support of investigating, following through and making stealing our things a painful thing to do.
The public is tired of being made to lock down everything, take responsibility for the unacceptable behavior of others and listen to excuses why they are not doing their job.
Stop making the victim responsible.

Good luck June 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

In my experience, calling the Concord PD about suspicious behavior is a total waste of time. By the time they get there (if at all) the culprit is long, long gone. If they do catch up with the suspect, they refuse to do anything because acting suspicious is not a crime. Putting a tail on the guy, doing a stake out, performing a sting might work, but that’s not how Concord PD rolls because it is too much trouble for them. Why not park a car exactly where they say you shouldn’t, then put a clearly visible I Pad on the front seat, rig the IPad so it has an electronic tracer on it and when it is stolen, knock on the door of the thief. No, they’d rather send out on officer from call to call after the crime has been committed.

anon June 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

“Stop building section 8. Oversaturate an area with lower socio-economic elements and you’re going to start seeing more crimes.”

Just wait the all the low class condos at the old Weapons station.

Idiocracy June 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I’ve been saying get rid of all the Apartments and condos off clayton for years. The crime either comes from there or Pittsburg/Antioch or Oakland/Richmond and don’t forget Vallejo. The Whole Monument and Detroit area needs to be cleared by ICE and then demolished and that includes that rat hole area off of Mohr lane. My god people, stop electing Democrats or Republicans they have both ruined the greatest state in the Union, Literally! And for what ? Votes = Money = Power … Clean Contra Costa for our kids sakes

kilo June 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Since when do the police control housing and the building of apartments?

…and for info they don’t control what punishment criminals get for crime. That falls on the DA’s office and the district attorney (Mark Peterson) that the public voted in and the court system with judges that were appointed by governors (also people voted in).

If you don’t like low income housing and the current judges then you need to make that known and use a ballot box to change it. Blaming the cops on a public blog when they simply ask people to exercise common sense isn’t going to change anything.

Horse n around June 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

@kilo FINALLY someone who understands!

Just a Concordian June 5, 2014 at 3:26 PM


So what do you propose we do with the white collar criminals. You know, people like yourself.

nee June 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

@15 you sound like an idiot!

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