AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In September, the number of car thefts fell to 32, he said. That was one fewer than September of last year, the numbers show. “It’s a continual war with car thieves,” sheriff’s Detective Jeff Lammers said, “but when you can get the community to help back you up with preventable car thefts, it helps.” Car owners exercising more precautions against thieves contributed to the decline last month, Lammers said, but sheriff’s Sgt. Al Leyva said that proactive policing also worked to lower the number of incidents. Deputies on patrol now receive weekly crime reports that enable them to focus on hot spots, he added. In addition, the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station recently has stepped up probation- and parole-compliance sweeps, he said. “People involved with these crimes are being taken into custody for other things. When you put a lot of people in jail, your crime tends to go down,” Leyva said. Residents can thwart car thieves by simply rolling up their car windows at night, not leaving their cars running unattended, locking their car doors, and by keeping their valuables out of sight, Lammers said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Auto thefts declined in Pico Rivera last month, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statistics show. In January, 61 auto theft were reported, a 40 percent increase from January 2005, when there were 44 car thefts, said sheriff’s crime analyst Joe Walker. From January to July of this year, auto thefts increased monthly, rising between 10 percent and 60 percent compared with the same months last year, Walker said. “Every month of this year, we have had increases over the year before,” he said, adding that August was the first month when the number of auto thefts did not rise.