The Oakland Police Department has increased patrols in "key areas" of Oakland, according to an announcement Monday.
Those areas include Piedmont Avenue, Grand Lake, Rockridge and Temescal, said OPD spokesperson Officer Johnna Watson.
Those neighborhoods have been plagued recently with street robberies and vehicle break-ins.
The announcement says, "With the holiday season upon us, the Oakland Police Department would like to ensure a safe and happy time for everyone. The Department has increased patrols in key areas of Oakland. We will be using a variety of enforcement techniques in which officers will focus on:
"The Department will continue its partnerships with BART, the California Highway Patrol, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the California Department of Justice and members of the community to reduce crime."
The OPD adds, "Even during this season of giving, criminals will take advantage of easy targets."
The department offers the following personal safety tips for the holidays:
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be distracted by cell
phones and electronic devices.
- Stay in well lit, populated areas.
- Stay alert and keep your shopping bags nearby – don’t leave bags
- Do not leave packages, shopping bags or other items of value visible in your vehicle.
- Avoid showing large amounts of cash when making purchases.
- Be especially alert when entering and exiting your vehicle.
- Remember to lock your car door after entering your vehicle.
- Let people know when you intend to arrive at your destination, so they can keep an eye out for you.
- If someone or something looks suspicious call the police on OPD’s nonemergency number 777-3333.