Why Are People Smashing Car Windows?

Why Are People Smashing Car Windows?

Most law abiding citizens see a locked door or window and assume the building or car is inaccessible. However, there are people out there who view those barriers as minor obstacles. If they want inside, they will get inside. Nothing is going to stop them, not even a pane of glass.

When a criminal sees something they want, particularly something that is valuable, not much can stop them from trying to get the item. This is especially true when all that stands between them and their prize is a single pane of glass. With the right tool, they could have that window shattered in seconds, have their prize, and be out of there before anyone can catch on to what has happened. This can prove to be very problematic, especially for car owners.

Smash and Grab Crimes Moving Further South

For a while now, the city of San Francisco, and other parts of Northern California, have had to deal a rise in smash and grab crimes, particularly with their vehicles. If a driver made the unfortunate decision to leave something in their car while they shopped or went inside somewhere, a thief would come along, see the item in question, break the car window, and take off with the stolen goods.

Sometimes, there may not have been anything of value in the car, other than a bag of unknown stuff. The thief saw that and decided to take a chance on the bag, hoping there could be something of value hidden inside. Often times, the crooks may even be working in groups. One team breaks into the vehicles and then hands off the stolen goods to a getaway team.

There are entire gangs out there that have made this sort of crime their business.

It is easy to see how this could be very frustrating and upsetting for a person. Not only did someone steal something from them, but the thief broke the vehicle’s window as well.

As San Francisco and the rest of Northern California seemed to get ahold of the situation and even see a slight drop in the crimes, Los Angeles and Southern California are seeing a sudden increase in these types of crimes. The Bay Area saw a 3% drop in these types of crimes while Los Angeles saw a 30% increase.

Experts believe this is due to an oversaturation of the crimes up north. The belief is that some of the gangs that have been committing these crimes are moving south to the ‘new market’ in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.

Consequences of Smash and Grab in California

Smash and grab crimes are essentially breaking and entering crimes. Here in California, the act of breaking and entering falls under burglary, which is made illegal under California Penal Code (PC) 459. This is due to the fact that state law does not require forced entry for a crime to be considered burglary.

The law states: “Every person who enters any house, room, apartment, tenement, shop, warehouse, store, mill, barn, stable, outhouse or other building, tent, vessel… car… vehicle… with intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony is guilty of burglary.”

This means that anyone caught breaking into a car to steal something from within the car is guilty of burglary. Burglary in California is broken into two sections, first- and second-degree burglary. First-degree burglary occurs when a person breaks into any residence, basically any place where a person might live. Second-degree burglary is a burglary of anything else, including cars.

Second-degree burglary is a wobbler offense in California, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. How it is charged depends on how the prosecution wants to proceed. As a misdemeanor, it comes with:

• Up to 1 year in county jail.
• A max fine of $1,000.
• Misdemeanor probation.

 
As a felony, the crime comes with:

• 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
• A max fine of $10,000.
• Felony probation.

 

Keep Your Stuff Safe

Regardless of where a person lives in California, no one wants to have their stuff stolen. They definitely don’t want one of their car windows being shattered. In an effort to avoid that kind of thing happening to them, a person needs to be aware of what they are leaving behind in their vehicles. A person should never leave behind valuables, and should avoid leaving behind bags of stuff as well. Even if there is nothing of value in the bag, the thieves won’t know that.

If something has to be left in a car, then it should be left hidden. This way, there is no incentive for a criminal to break into the vehicle.

What do you think has caused this rise in smash and grab crimes here in California? What about how California view burglaries and the consequences for those crimes? Do the consequences match the crime, or do they need to be reevaluated?

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How to Pick a Bail Agent in California

How to Pick a Bail Agent in California

Most people have never dealt with bail before and so when they have to rescue a loved one from jail, they don’t know how to do that. A big question that people often have is: how to pick a bail agent? What determines a good bail agent from a bad agent? Most people don’t know this.

To put it simply, a good bail agent is one that you can rely on. A good bail agent is someone who is available all day, every day. They are knowledgeable and can answer all of your questions. Lastly, they care about their clients and are more concerned with helping them, rather than making money.

Bad bail agents aren’t their when you need them, can’t answer your questions, and are only worried about money. They don’t care if they’ve really helped you or not so long as they are getting paid.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we have only the best bail agents in the state of California. Our agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they will be able to answer all of your questions about bail. Once they start working for you, they will not rest until your loved one has been released from jail.

Some of the other services we provide for our clients include:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
When you need help rescuing someone from jail, you can count on Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our agents will always be there when you need them and will provide you with professional help that you can afford. You won’t find better bail agents anywhere else in the state of California.

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Is It Legal to Drive With an Animal on Your Lap?

Is It Legal to Drive With an Animal on Your Lap?

Pretty much every pet owner out there has a furry companion that they would do everything they can for. Some pet owners love their critters so much that they take them everywhere they go. This seems like a harmless and fun way for a person to spend time with their beloved companion, however it can be dangerous and even illegal in some states.

Laws from Across the Country

Across the nation, different states have different rules about how pets can be transported in cars. This can make driving through different states with a furry companion that much harder. Any driver looking to take their pet somewhere, especially on road trips, needs to be aware of these laws. If they aren’t, they could inadvertently end up in trouble with the law.

Some states, such as Hawaii and Arizona, have specific laws that make it illegal to drive with a pet in the person’s lap or in the driver’s immediate vicinity. Other states such as Maine and Connecticut can use their state’s distracted driving laws against drivers with pets on their lap.

The state of New Jersey takes things a step further. In this state, officers can stop any driver who improperly transports an animal, such as driving with the animal in their lap, and charge the person with animal cruelty. A person found guilty of this can face fines ranging from $250 to $1,000 dollars and can even face up to 6 months of jail time.

California Law

Here in California, the laws surrounding the transportation of animals are surprisingly lax. The state only has one law regarding the transportation of animals in vehicles, and it applies to pick-up trucks.

Vehicle Code (VC) 23117 states that no driver should transport an animal in the back of a vehicle in a space intended for any load unless the space is enclosed or has side and tail racks that are at least 46 inches high, has installed means of preventing the animal from getting out, or the animal is in a cage.

Basically, this means an animal can’t be carried in the bed of a truck unless the sides of the truck are higher than 46 inches, the animal is tied to the bed of the truck, or the animal is in a cage of some sort. This means that as long as an animal is in an enclosed space, such as the interior of the car, they are being transported safely and correctly.

This law does not apply to the transportation of livestock or the transportation of a ranch dog for ranching/farming purposes.

The consequences of breaking this law for the first time come with a fine ranging from $50 to $100. A second or any subsequent offense within a year will earn a person a fine ranging from $75 to $200.

Why These Laws Exist

The important fact to remember is that these laws exist for safety reasons. Transporting the animal safely keeps not only the critter safe, but the driver as well. A pet owner wants to make sure that in the event of an accident, their companion stays safe. This means keeping it safe and secure in the vehicle.

On top of the pet’s safety, there is the driver’s safety to consider as well. Everyone knows how dangerous distracted driving can be. What people may not realize is just how many things can be considered distracted driving besides using cellphones. Having to deal with a pet, especially one that is on the driver’s lap, can be very distracting. If the driver becomes too engrossed in whatever their pet is doing in their car, they could cause an accident.

What do you think of all of these different takes on laws surrounding the transportation of animals? Which state has your favorite law and which one takes things too far? Does California need to update its own animal transportation and distracted driving laws?

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Do You Need Collateral to Post Bail?

Do You Need Collateral to Post Bail?

There are a lot of different aspects to bailing someone out of jail. Some things, such as giving information about a loved one to a bail agent, are easier to understand. Other things can be completely new concepts to people. One example of this would be collateral. Some people have never heard the term before and have no idea what it means or how it applies to bail.

Collateral is something that often pops up when large sums of money are being loaned to others. In its simplest form, collateral is something of value that a client pledges as an insurance that they will pay back the loan. The collateral has to be equal to or greater in value to the amount of money loaned. If the client fails to pay off their loan, then the company keeps the pledged collateral as payment for the loan.

Collateral can be any sort of item as long as both the client and the company agree that it has value. The larger the loan, the more valuable the collateral has to be. Some examples of collateral include jewelry, cars, and homes.

When it comes to bailing someone out of jail, a lot of bail bond companies require their clients to pledge something as collateral. This makes an already stressful situation even worse. Luckily, there is an alternative, just contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We don’t require collateral on most of our bonds. More often than not, we just need the signature of a working co-signer.

Some of the other services we provide for our clients include:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
When you need help with bail, you can always count on Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Unlike our competitors, we don’t require collateral on all of our bonds. In most cases, we are happy with just the signature of a working co-signer. We don’t want to stress our clients out by requiring collateral.

For more information on collateral and bail, feel free to talk to a bail agent by calling 877-793-2254 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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New California Laws for 2020

New California Laws for 2020

The start of the new year brings a lot of changes for everyone. For many people, the new year is the perfect time to for self-improvement through New Year’s Resolutions. However, this isn’t the change that we are talking about.

Every year, lawmakers discuss and debate new laws. When they agree on a law, it is assigned a date when the law will go into effect. Typically, this date is January 1st of the following year. This is why the new year always brings new laws with it.

Due to the fact that new laws appear each year, it is very important for people to pay attention to the changes or else they could find themselves in trouble for doing something that is no longer legal.

Some New California Laws for 2020

Each year in California, law makers vote on dozens of laws to decide whether or not they should be enacted. Due to the sheer volume of laws being considered, even if a lot of laws are rejected, there are still plenty that get added each year. Here is just a sample of some of the laws going into effect on January 1st, 2020:
Assembly Bill (AB) 5 – Forces companies to reevaluate all contract workers and consider them employees, with full benefits, unless they can prove that the worker is a contractor based on certain requirements.
AB 9 – Extends the time period in which employees can make claims of discrimination and harassments against companies from 1 year to 3 years.
AB 12 – Makes it so law enforcement officers can request firearm restraining orders against an individual. Also makes it so that courts can adjust the length of the restraining order’s time period to be anywhere from 1 to 5 years in length.
AB 25 (California Consumer Privacy Act) – Requires businesses that collect digital information about consumers to alert consumers to what information is being collected, allow the consumer to deny the collection and selling of that information, and to allow the consumer to request a company to delete any information it may have collected on the consumer. Also allows consumers whose information got stolen to sue the company that allowed the theft to occur.
AB 178 – Requires all new homes being built in California after January 1st, 2020 to have solar panels installed on them.
AB 218 – Expands what counts as childhood sexual abuse, reclassifies childhood sexual abuse as childhood sexual assault, and extends the statute of limitations for reporting such incidents from 8 years to 22 years.
AB 272 – Makes it so that governing bodies of schools can decided if and when students can use cell phones while at school and in classes. Also sets specific circumstances when a school cannot prevent a student from using a cell phone.
AB 317 – Makes it an infraction for a person to sell their appointment with the DMV to someone else.
AB 377 – Modifies different aspects of microenterprise home kitchens. Notably, prohibits microenterprise home kitchens from producing and selling any and all dairy products, modifies how these operations are inspected, and prohibits microenterprise home kitchens from using the word catering in any advertisements.
AB 391 – Reduces the amount of time a company has to wait to report a rental or leased vehicle as stolen after a failure to return from 5 days to 72 hours.
AB 392 – Redefines when it is acceptable for a police officer to use deadly force.

New Laws for the New Year

This is just a small sample of all of the laws that were voted for over the last year. Some of them affect the general populace more than others. Regardless, it is always important for a person to stay up to date on all the new laws coming into effect at the start of each year. Failing to do so is a great way for a person wind up in unexpected trouble.

What do you think of some of these new laws for 2020? Do some take things too far? Are others long overdue? Are there any new laws that you know about that you feel should have been on this list? If so, share them and help other people stay in the know.

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What Happens When You Don’t Post Bail?

What Happens When You Don’t Post Bail?

When people learn that a friend or family member has been arrested, they often spring into action to help out. They just want to take care of their loved one and can’t imagine him being forced to spend time in jail. Unfortunately affording someone’s bail in California can be ridiculously expensive and difficult.

Due to the high cost of bail in the state, many people assume they will not be able to afford it. Then they are left worrying what happens to their loved one if they cannot post bail. When someone isn’t able to post bail, they stay in jail for the remainder of their trial. They have to go to every court appointment in an orange jumpsuit.

If this isn’t something that you want for your loved one, then you should contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. We provide affordable bail bonds for all of our clients. With our help, you will be able to rescue your loved one from jail without spending too much money. A bail bond from us only costs 10% of the full bail price.

Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all over the state of California. Whenever and wherever you need bail help in the state, Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles will be there for you. You can always count on us to help you out. Some of the services we provide for our clients include:

• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
If you don’t want a loved one to stay in jail for months on end and go to court wearing a jumpsuit, you will have to post their bail. If you want to post bail affordably, then you should contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. For over 30 years we have provided professional and affordable bail help for all of our clients. Let us do the same for you.

Ready to get your loved one released from jail? If so, call 877-793-2254 or click Chat With Us now.

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Where Can We Help You?

Where Can We Help You?

When you are getting a bail bond to rescue someone from jail, you want to make sure that the agent you are talking to can actually help. Bail agents are often limited on where they can help people post bail. For smaller bail bond companies, posting bail outside of their city or county can be difficult. Even statewide companies can face limitations.

Here at Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles, we are a statewide company that has helped Californians face bail for years. We know everything about the bail bond process and can help you bail someone out of any jail in the state. When you need bail help in California, you can count on Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles to be there for you.

However, we can only post bail within the state of California. If an agent wants to post bail for someone, they need to have a state issued license. Each state has its own licensing system when it comes to bail agents, making it impossible to post bail across state lines without having multiple licenses. So even though we may have agents located near Las Vegas, we cannot post bail there because it is in another state.

When you need to post bail in California, we will always be there for you. Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles has bail agents located all over the state. We can help you whenever and wherever you are in California. You can count on us. Aside from simply being there when you need us, we also provide:

• 24/7 Bail bond service
• 20% Discount
• Phone approvals
• 0% Interest payment plans
• No hidden fees
• No collateral with working signer
• Se habla Español

 
When you need bail help in California, just contact Cal Bail Bonds in Los Angeles. Our agents are available 24/7 anywhere in California. No matter the time of day, they will be more than ready to help you get a friend or family member released from any jail in the state.

What are you waiting for? Get a free consultation now by calling 877-793-2254 or clicking Chat With Us now.

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Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has come and gone and that means everyone can officially begin their Christmas preparations. While this means it is time for a whole lot of decorating, it also means it is time to get the final bits of Christmas shopping done.

While this should be a fun and happy time, there are unfortunately people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers. Anyone looking to do a bit of shopping this holiday season needs to be careful in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime so close to Christmas.

Shopping Safety Tips

While most people love this time of year for all sorts of reason from the weather to getting to spend time with family, thieves have different reasons for enjoying the holiday rush. They love the crowded stores and malls because that provides them with plenty of targets and enough chaos to cover their tracks. That is in addition to the shorter days which provide a lot of darkness for them to lurk in. In order to become a more difficult target and avoid being robbed or attacked while shopping, try following these tips.

• Always lock doors and roll up windows on cars before going into stores.
• Avoid talking to strangers. Some con-artists work in groups, one distracts the target while the other strikes.
• Be aware of surroundings as walking to cars. Thieves like to hide behind larger vehicles, or even under your car.
• Don’t carry too many bags at once, as this makes a person vulnerable.
• Don’t dress in fancy or attention grabbing clothes while shopping. This can grab a thief’s attention and attract them to you.
• Have your keys in your hands and ready to unlock your car before leaving the store. This way there is no fumbling to pull them out at the car itself, which makes a person vulnerable.
• Hide any presents or other expensive items in the trunk so that lurking thieves cannot see them in the car.
• If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your car, especially at night, ask a security guard or other store employee for an escort.
• Park in safe areas, preferably under street lights to increase visibility at night. Also try parking close to the storefront to reduce the amount of time spent walking to a car. Avoid parking next to large trucks and vans.
• Stay alert to what is going on around you.
• When shopping in the evening or night, always bring a companion with you. There is safety in numbers.
• Women should not carry purses with them, as these are easier targets for pickpockets. Try to stick to carrying only a single credit/debit card while shopping. This way, no cash can be stolen and only one card has to be canceled if taken.

 

Online Shopping Safety Tips

With advances in technology, online shopping has become a very large part of the holiday experience. Since online shopping has become so huge, crooks have begun to take advantage of it. In order to avoid falling victim to these people, follow these tips:

• Avoid using public Wi-Fi in general, but never use it when shopping or banking online.
• Before filling out private information on an online form, investigate the company/website to ensure that it is trustworthy.
• If you have fallen victim to an online scam, be sure to close the associated credit card immediately.
• Learn to spot and avoid email and social media scams, which become more prominent this time of year.
• Never give out social security numbers online. No online store will ever need that information.
• Never click on links from unknown sources.
• Only go to trusted websites by entering the address in the address bar. Avoid clicking links because scammers love to make fake links that lead to their own sites.
• Only shop on trusted websites, preferably with “https” in front of the address. The “s” signifies that the website is secure, thus making it more trustworthy. Most modern browsers now display a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.

 

Don’t Fall Victim to Crooks

As Christmas draws nearer, more and more people go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are thousands of crooks and other horrible people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers.

So long as a person follows the tips above, they should be able to reduce the chances of getting scammed or robbed this holiday season. Do you have any tips that didn’t make the list above?

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