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Vehicle Theft During The Holidays

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by: SugarLandDotCom Active Indicator LED Icon 7 Site Admin  OP 
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 9:34am  
Vehicle Theft During The Holidays
 
The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans about the potential for vehicle thefts during the holiday season and is advising individuals to takes extra precautions to guard against possible auto thefts. Vehicle burglaries are also a concern during the holiday season.

“The holiday season is a busy time for everyone – including criminals; and DPS is urging Texans to do what they can to keep vehicles and valuables safe from possible thieves,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The months of December and January can be prime times for auto theft and burglaries. It is important to always lock car doors and store valuables out of sight.”

In December 2014, 5,717 automobiles, pickups and motorcycles were recorded stolen, making it one of the highest months for vehicle thefts that year, outside of the summer months. In addition, more than 13,190 vehicle burglaries were reported and $13.3 million in property stolen last December, also making it one of the highest months that year.

DPS offers the following tips that Texans can follow to help protect against vehicle theft:
 
- Never leave your car running unattended, even for a quick visit to a business or store.
- Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.
- Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked at your home.
- When possible, always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas.
- Install an anti-theft device that locks the steering wheel, column or brakes, especially if your vehicle is considered to be at increased risk for theft.
- Never leave personal documents, vehicle ownership title or credit cards in your vehicle.
- Always keep valuables or property hidden out of sight or locked in the trunk.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. DPS also encourages individuals to keep a copy of their license plate and vehicle identification number on hand in case of theft, since police will need this information to take a report.
 
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Stealth83 Active Indicator LED Icon 7
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 9:46am  
Thieves suck.
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AJ8410 Active Indicator LED Icon 6
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 10:57am  
When in doubt, use your common sense! We all put too much faith in the morals of others
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Stealth83 Active Indicator LED Icon 7
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 12:12pm  
I guess it's a good thing I trust no one.
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Caseysdad22 Active Indicator LED Icon 7
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 12:13pm  
I was watching on TV this morning how a woman was using her little girl to steal packages from porches. How low is that?
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snv86 Active Indicator LED Icon 6
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 1:09pm  
I see so many people in parking lots paying more attention to their phones than their surroundings. They are easy targets for sure.
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Ragilltx Active Indicator LED Icon 7
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 1:14pm  
@Caseysdad22 That is really low. There is a special place for those kind of people!
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snv86 Active Indicator LED Icon 6
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 1:38pm  
@Caseysdad22 I have been getting my packages delivered to work instead of home for that reason.
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TheBigBadWolf Active Indicator LED Icon 6
~ 5 years ago   Dec 9, '15 3:17pm  
How about some decoy cars, DPS?
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