Crime prevention tips: You can prevent burglaries of motor vehicles

By John Turner
Dec. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Dec. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

The holiday season has arrived, and with that the potential for car burglaries will surely increase.

Last year, there were 33 reported burglaries of vehicles in November and 41 in December. So far this year, the numbers are about the same.

I did a little research and discovered that in the first three weeks of November we have had 28 car burglaries. Most of those vehicles (25) had been left unlocked by the victim, and all of them had valuable property inside, most of which was visible to the offender.

Even though you may never have been the victim of a car burglary, incidents like these are happening in Victoria on a regular basis, and most could be easily prevented.

Remember, the most effective ways to prevent car burglaries are also the easiest. Take valuable property out of your vehicle or at least hide it. Lock your cars, and if your vehicle is so equipped, lock the interior trunk latch. Park in well-lit parking lots and avoid parking in the street.

If you happen to witness any suspicious activity or a burglary in progress, always call 911.

Do what you can to make your vehicle less attractive and less accessible to a potential burglar.

Don't give someone the opportunity to make you a victim; protect your belongings.

John Turner is an officer with the Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, contact him at 361-485-3808.



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