“Drivers need to understand that almost anything they leave inside theri vehicles can be valuable to a thief,” she said. “When vehicles are left unlocked and unattended, drivers are inviting thieves to walk away with everything they see inside, which
often includes gifts, purses, wallets packages, electronics, suitcases, garage door openers, keys and personal information.”
The release said vehicle crimes can often be a gateway for further property crimes because thieves can acquire personal information from a car and then find and burglarize a driver’s house or steal their identity.
The ABTPA and its 29 vehicle crime task forces throughout Texas promote a basic vehicle crime prevention philosophy to help drivers avoid becoming another statistic.
The mantra is “Protect It, It’s Yours” and includes three basic safety tips to help prevent thefts and burglaries during the holidays and the rest of the year.
Drivers should always:
• Remove belongings from view.
• Secure vehicles.
• Never leave keys inside.
The ABTPA also suggest in addition to these three steps that drivers always park in well-lit areas, near surveillance cameras and heavy foot and vehicle traffic.
“The more thieves feel threatened by detection, the less likely they are to focus on targets in such areas,” the release said.
For more information on the ABTPA, auto burglary, vehicle theft, prevention, statistics or public service announcements, call 800-CAR-WATCH or visit www.txwatchyourcar.com.