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Rental cars may soon be indistinguishable to auto burglars looking for an easy target under new legislation that San Francisco is likely to adopt after police data recently showed car break-ins are soaring in The City.

Two proposals requiring rental car companies to help curb the uptick in auto burglaries in San Francisco moved forward Wednesday at a Board of Supervisors committee. Auto burglars often target rental cars because tourists are more likely to leave their valuables unattended and less likely to report crimes.

One proposal, from Supervisor Norman Yee, would require companies like Enterprise and Hertz to remove advertising from their vehicles and hide sticker barcodes from plain sight.

The other, from Board of Supervisors President London Breed, would require the companies to educate tourists on locking their doors and removing their valuables from rental cars.

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