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Carlsbad police work to prevent car break-ins

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CARLSBAD (CBS 8) – When you hit the beach, thieves may be looking to steal items from your car. Crooks are not the only ones watching, in Carlsbad police are too.

“We are trusting it's the beach, no one will notice there are a lot of people around,” said driver Sarah Grayveal. “It may give us a false sense of security."

The Carlsbad Police Department launched Operation Report Card, a program where officers give drivers a security vehicle check. They chose South Ponto State Beach where a high number of break-ins have been reported.

“This project is designed to help educate people that leaving property in their vehicle creates an opportunity for their car to get broken into,” said Cpl. Adam Young, Carlsbad Police Department.

He is overseeing the program where officers will choose a row of cars and look at all the cars so no one vehicle is singled out to potentially attract a thief. A box is checked if a driver did a good job deterring a thief or a box is checked is marked if a driver left valuable items like a cooler, purses, and a speaker.

“This is more about informing the public,” said Young.

The program launched on July 21, and will end in three weeks when the summer crowds dwindle down at the beach.

Officers and senior volunteers report they have already written 1,400 evaluations.

“I thought it was a ticket and then I saw it was good, that is good for them to let us know there are break-ins,” said Grayveal.

She got a good grade and so did another driver who was congratulated.

“’I made sure that I put my purse in the trunk before we stopped,” said Patti Gallagher.

Officers are going to measure the success of the program when it is finished.

Other police departments across the country have implemented similar programs and say it has worked. 

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