Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

November 29, 2013

Holiday reminder: Safe practices can prevent car theft

By CLINT FOSTER

The holiday shopping season has officially arrived and there is no better time to remind readers of the importance of safe practices to prevent car burglaries and thefts.

According to the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority – a division of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles – a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes and stolen every eight minutes in the State of Texas. These statistics have a tendency to escalate between

Thanksgiving and Christmas when multiple drivers tend to be out shopping or visiting with family and friends and sometimes leave belongings in plain sight in the vehicle or forget to lock doors.

During 2012, Texas experienced 221,023 incidents of vehicle burglary and 64,982 vehicle thefts and, in some jurisdictions, more than half of these thefts occurred because the car doors were unlocked and the keys left inside, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. In Mineral Wells alone, there were 23 recorded cases of auto theft in 2011, albeit a much lower number than the 44 the previous year.

Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan offered similar advise to local citizens concerning auto crime during Christmastime.

“We’ve been fortunate in years past not to have a significant problem on the subject of people burglarizing cars during the holiday season,” he said. “But it’s a good time to remind everybody not to leave your keys in the car or your car running.

“If you’re out shopping, especially if you go to the Metroplex, hide your belongings, lock your car and take your keys with you. Those situations present opportunities for some criminal types that like to prey on the holiday public. We don’t want anybody to have a bad holiday because they got broken into or lost their car in the process.”

In a press release, Michelle Lanham, who is program coordinator for ABTPA’s Reduce Auto Theft in Texas  public awareness task force at the Denton Police Department, said auto burglars tend to scout malls, shopping centers, entertainment venues, hotel and other business parking lots looking for vehicles to break into. This makes vigilance during this time of the year when those places are more frequented all the more important.

Text Only
Local News
  • NRCS to conduct annual meeting Aug. 6 in Mineral Wells

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Palo Pinto County and the Palo Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District cordially invite the public to attend their 2014 Local Working Group meeting Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

    July 31, 2014

  • Jordan Paredes Weatherford teen dies following wreck near Brock

    WEATHERFORD -- A 16-year-old Weatherford teen injured in a single-vehicle wreck near Brock last week died Tuesday afternoon at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. 

    Jordan Paredes, reported by relatives to be in a coma following the wreck, was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. in the trauma intensive care unit, the medical examiner reported. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4680.jpg Perrin FFA members attend Texas FFA convention in FW

    Members from the Perrin FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • shoplift2.jpg Buffalo killer, store shoplifter targets of police, Crime Stoppers this week

    Police are seeking leads on the death of a Mineral Wells man’s pet buffalo.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck near Brock

    BROCK – Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • 0727 loc pet Molly.jpg PET OF THE WEEK: Molly left behind

    Molly is a 5-6 year old Dachshund. Molly’s previous owners had to let her go when they moved and found out that they would be unable to keep her as a pet, so they brought her into the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter. Molly is the sweetest little dog you’ve ever seen.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament is Saturday at Canyon West

    Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament hosted by The MWHS 50 Year Club is Saturday, July 26, at Canyon West Golf Club, 160 Canyon Road, Weatherford, TX 76087.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kitchen Boot Camp for kids

    PALO PINTO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Palo Pinto County will be hosting day camps with a focus on food and fun.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0727 loc Blue heeler.jpg ADOPTABLE PET: Brighten Blue's day

    Sweet Blue is a 9-month-old female catahoula/red heeler mix. She is a laid back and quiet, a medium-sized girl searching for her forever home.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • USDA processes 106,000 payments to farmers for grazing, livestock losses

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

    July 24, 2014

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read