There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.

  —Rosalynn Carter

Crime Awareness

It’s time to think about crime!

Within the last year, there has been a rise in theft related crimes state-wide. Unfortunately, the San Luis Obispo community is not immune to this increase. The community has experienced a rise in motor vehicle thefts, thefts from vehicle, thefts of bicycles, and residential burglaries. The San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLPD) is committed to reducing these crimes through proactive intelligence led policing, but they need your help.

One of the primary reasons for thefts is opportunity. SLO is a safe community but our students often are victims to preventable theft crimes. Please take a look at the tips below to decrease your chances of being a victim of theft crime.

  1. Always lock your vehicle, house and windows at your home. Leaving windows unsecure is an easy way for a burglar to gain quick access to your home.
  2. Never leave your keys in or about your vehicle or house.
  3. Park in well-lit areas.
  4. Do not leave valuables visible, such as wallets, money, purses, cell phones, laptops, etc.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings and area. If you see something suspicious, call the Police Department.
  6. Take the time to document and save serial numbers from your valuable items such as cell phones, computers, bicycles, and game stations. Having these numbers can help us return your property to you.
  7. Bicycles should always be locked if possible or stored in a secure place. Bicycles can also be registered with the Police Department or Cal Poly PD for enrolled students. Check the SLO city website for more details at
  8. Don’t make it easy on the bad guys. If you give them an opportunity, they will take it.

SLO PD is here for you. Call 911 for emergencies or 805.781.7312 for general police assistance.


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