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Every local newspaper seems to be reporting on the break-ins and robberies going on these days, but after a rash of car breaks-ins around Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates, the Lomita Sheriff’s Station embarked on an unusual new campaign to get car owners' attention, reports the Palos Verdes Pennisula News. "Lomita deputies conduct random spot checks to see if vehicles are unlocked and unattended or if contents are left out in sight. They then place a note on the car for the owner as a reminder to help prevent them from becoming victimized..That message is spelled out in the cards placed on vehicles: “Your cooperation will help. Together we can reduce opportunities for crime to occur. Please remember to lock your vehicle and remove personal property.” According to the paper, the police have only come across five or six cars that were unlocked, but they say many, many drivers leave items out in the open. [Palos Verdes Pennsiula News]