Antonio Mejías-Rentas inside parked car on Gless Street. Photo by BHB student Rony Contreras.

Los Angeles Police Department is seeing a rise in auto theft and burglaries in and around Boyle Heights and are launching a campaign to keep people safe. ABC Los Angeles reports that auto theft is up 2 percent in Boyle Heights.

The increase may be small, but LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station detectives tell ABC that the area has more vehicles stolen than in any other part of the city of LA. Authorities are encouraging people to not leave anything valuable in their car and to get a club for their steering wheel.

The Hollenbeck Station is giving away a limited supply of clubs for free. All you need is identification, proof of ownership and the make and model of the vehicle.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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