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June 27, 2013

Local trend reflects state’s: auto theft down

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The Chief offered many reasons as to why auto theft/burglary is down, citing education as the main reason.

"You have to look at the preventative efforts," Sullivan said. "We have sent the message out that people still need to lock their cars and take their keys. Even in a small town, any of us can create opportunities to become a victim of this type of crime. This is especially true in small towns where people feel so comfortable."

Sullivan added that he feels technology has also played a role in preventing auto theft and burglary.

"Cars are more secure now," he said. "If you go back to the (early '90s) you had a lot of very popular products like General Motors products, which were easy to steal with just a screw driver. I think the automotive industry has also made advancements with respect in trying to create deterrents and theft prevention efforts. But here, again, it is sporadic and it is hard to actually put an identified variable on it. If you ask, 'Why did this happen?' it could be societal, it could be economical, it could be ergonomic. Right now, some of our statistics do mirror the industry standards, and hopefully that trend will continue."

Sullivan also gives credit to the police officers themselves as having a big part in auto theft and burglary prevention.

"I think the law enforcement community out here – west of the Metroplex – as a whole, from this city and the contiguous counties we work together with, do an excellent job," Sullivan said. "We are working hard to keep people safe, and hopefully the people hear the message about the preventative efforts. The more we reduce opportunities, the less apt we are to be victims and we are all safer because of it."

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