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APD sees spike in car burglaries

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The Austin Police Department is warning citizens about a spike in the number of car break-ins.

Police say they are seeing a high number of car burglaries in Northwest and Northeast Austin. Auto thefts are also a problem in Austin.

Police got a call about a break in at a North Austin CarMax Monday morning. The thieves took the keys and stole two cars that were being serviced and did not belong to CarMax.

No arrests have been made and this case is still under investigation.

Zach Starritt is the manager of CarMax. He said they have installed a sturdier drop box.

"It's horrible that happened to our customers you know and something we take very seriously is our customer security and it's our top priority," says Starritt.

Sgt. Jamie Jobes with the Austin Police Department said everyone needs to stay on top on crime because criminals are always looking for new ways to commit them.

"If the business uses a certain protocol all the time and a criminal is watching that, they're going to try to figure out how to steal whatever the case may be car keys, gas cards, credit card numbers, they're going to try and use that if it's the same security protocol every single time," says Jobes.

Police are reminding drivers of a few simple steps, things they say people forget to do. They say, lock your doors and park in well-lit areas. Thieves love dark areas and large parking lots. Police also recommend hiding or leaving at home your backpack, wallet, iPod, and LCD video screens.

Austin police say every two and a half minutes a car somewhere in the state is broken into.

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