Stallion Springs Community Services District Police Chief Mike Grant issued a warning to residents following a series of thefts from vehicles in the area. The email he sent is as follows:
The Stallion Springs Community has been experiencing a rash of thefts from vehicles over the past few weeks. This is what we have determined:
1. In all of the incidents, the victims have left their vehicles unsecure and unlocked.
2. The thefts are taking place between the approximate hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
3. Suspects are stealing wallets, ID cards and credit cards.
Because the Stallion Springs Police Department is understaffed, we have attempted to split our shifts and work during our time off to cover the hours we believe the thefts are taking place. Additionally, the Bear Valley Police Department and the Kern County Sheriffs Community Services Unit has been assisting us with patrol during these off times.
However, our efforts to combat these crimes are not enough. Citizens in Stallion Springs must help to reduce the opportunity to take advantage of unsecure vehicles by locking your car doors. Most property crimes that have occurred in Stallion Springs are the results of something left unsecure. Most of the criminals we deal with are unsophisticated, going around our community turning door knobs or trying your car doors.
Vehicle Security: Don’t leave “crime-bate” or enticing items in plain view inside your vehicle. Purses, wallets, electronic devices, prescription medications, jewelry, loose change, cigarette packs, sunglasses and mail are all items that criminals scan the inside of your car for. Although some of these items may seem to hold little or no value to you, they can mean the difference to a thief being able to score narcotics for the day. A general rule of thumb is “out of sight, out of mind." Hide or bring everything with you when you park your car in your driveway and don’t forget to secure your vehicle doors and windows.
These are just a few simple things that you can do to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur. Nothing is full-proof, but if you “harden” the target, the thief will move on to the “softer” target and other neighborhoods.