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Austin Police warn of vehicle burglaries

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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:

  • Lock your car and take your keys, don't make it easier for the thief to enter your vehicle
  • Park in well-lit areas - over half of all vehicle thefts occur at night
  • Don't leave valuables in plain view - don't make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid carrying a large amount of cash or credit cards.

Police say that more than 50,000 vehicles are stolen in Texas each year simply because they were not locked.

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