Take precautions to avoid car burglaries during holiday shopping

Nov. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.

Shoppers should take extra precautions to avoid vehicle burglaries during the holiday season.

"Car burglars take advantage of victims during the holiday season from Black Friday through Christmas," said Victoria Police Detective Adam Rodriguez. "They target vehicles in shopping areas for bags, merchandise and purses."

Shoppers leave their purses, merchandise and other valuables in plain sight as they shop at several stores, Rodriguez said.

"Burglars can break a window and be done in less than 15 seconds," Rodriguez said.

Covering valuables with a blanket or securing them in the trunk can prevent many burglaries.

"If they can't see it, they are not going to take it," Rodriguez said.

During this time, the Motor Vehicle Theft and Burglary division of the Victoria Police Department will patrol high traffic shopping areas in marked and unmarked units.

The officers and detectives also will place and monitor "bait vehicles" designed to lure burglars.

They also will issue "vehicle burglary report cards" on cars parked outside stores, letting shoppers know if they have taken the necessary precautions to keep their vehicle safe from being targeted by burglars.

The blue "pass or fail" flier will indicate what the individual could have done differently to improve the security of their vehicle.



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