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August 26, 2011 > Storage facilities burglaries

Storage facilities burglaries

Submitted By Sgt. Kevin Corvin, Milpitas PD

The City of Milpitas has experienced an increase in commercial storage burglaries. Suspects have entered the storage yards by unknown methods and have cut padlocks off individual storage units. The suspects have taken a variety of items and personal belongings from the individual storage lockers. Since January 2011, there have been approximately 13 burglaries at storage facilities throughout the city.

The Milpitas police department recommends the use of a "disc" type padlock, which is made of hardened steel and is more difficult to defeat. The disc padlocks are often available at the storage facilities or other retail outlets. Burglars may bypass lockers that utilize disc type locks due to the time necessary to defeat the locks.

It is highly recommended that customers visit their storage units on a regular basis to ensure the units are secure. Customers should immediately notify the police department if they notice suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities at a storage facility. Customers should not share their individual gate codes with others or allow individuals to follow them into storage facilities.

Anyone with any information regarding storage unit thefts or related incidents is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Milpitas Police Department Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:
http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp

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