About half a dozen auto burglaries were reported Tuesday in the northeast residential areas of Clovis, according to police.
Residents living on Benjamin Davis Drive, Fairway Terrace and nearby streets reported in the morning hours finding their vehicles plundered, belongings stolen, records show.
Many of victims reported their vehicles were unlocked.
Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said police anticipate an increase in burglaries and even robberies as the holiday season approaches.
“Shopping season’s coming out, and especially with the economy the way it is now, there’s going to be an upswing of auto burglaries so people definitely need to lock their cars and ladies, please don’t leave your purse in the car,” Whitney said.
Often insurance companies will not cover thefts from unlocked vehicles, Whitney said.
Police advise the following practices to reduce risk of thefts during the holidays:
• Pay attention to your surroundings
• Park in well lit areas whenever possible
• Do not leave valuables in vehicles or at the least, keep them out of plain view
• Lock vehicles