Yes. This has reached epidemic proportions in the Bay Area due to new laws which basically took away any real punishment for these types of crime, and even prevent the police from pursuing the crooks if they see them. As a result there are now organized gangs specializing in smash and grab theft. See e.g.:In all seriousness though this really sucks. Is this primarily a California issue? I haven't seen anything like this happening around NJ.
Palo Alto area a hot spot for auto burglars