Austin Police are warning citizens to be careful of car thieves during the holiday season. Police say that during this time of year they may see an increase in auto burglaries.
The Auto Theft Interdiction Project, or ATIP, will be walking the target parking lot at Tech Ridge in North Austin placing crime prevention notices on vehicles.
Austin Police are doing this to raise awareness about auto theft and vehicle burglary. According to police, a vehicle in Texas is burglarized every two and a half minutes.
Additionally, the number of burglaries go up during the holidays because more people are shopping and do not take the necessary precautions to protect personal items left in vehicles.
Austin Police offer the following tips to protect yourself from thieves:
Police say that more than 50,000 vehicles are stolen in Texas each year simply because they were not locked.