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APD on high alert as car crimes soar

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Are you ever in a hurry and leave something in your car? You aren't alone. More thieves are stealing what you leave behind across Austin. APD's burglary unit is tracking an increase in vehicle burglaries city wide.

Police say you can start by locking your car. Sounds simple right? Officers say too many people forget to lock up their cars.

More than half of the break-ins happen during the overnight hours. Thieves are targeting driveways, apartment complex parking lots, gym parking lots, restaurants, malls and convenience stores.

Often times, according to Senior Police Officer Vaneza Bremner, thieves will check door handles until they find one open.

"If you provide an opportunity to a thief they are going to take it," said Officer Bremner.

APD advises parking in well lit areas and removing your valuables. If you hide a bag or purse police say do it before you get to your destination because often times thieves will be in the parking lot looking for easy victims. Losing your wallet and credit cards can create another set of problems.

"It's a different crime once those things are used. It's going to take time for you to cancel everything and always wonder if you're a victim of identity theft," explained Officer Bremner about a big hassle that can be prevented.

Catch a burglary in progress? Call 911. If you walk outside to find your car has been broken into police say call 311 to start the report process.

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