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.
There have been approximately 13 burglaries at storage facilities throughout the city since January of this year.
The 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 use disc-type locks because of the time necessary to defeat the locks.
It is highly recommended that customers visit their storage units regularly 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 website.