Auto Burglaries on the Rise; Police Say Take Precautions

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

On average, four vehicles are broken into everyday in the twin cities.

For example, Wednesday night, seven vehicle burglaries were reported in Bryan and two in College Station.

News 3 obtained recent statistics from both the Bryan and College Station Police Departments.

So far this year, 246 vehicle burglaries have been reported in Bryan and 171 in College Station.

Last year, police say, there were 930 vehicle burglaries in Bryan and 732 in College Station and in 2006, 663 vehicle burglaries were reported in College Station and 895 in Bryan.

With numbers on the rise, the Bryan Police Department has released the following tips to keep your vehicle from becoming a target.

Police say criminals are looking for opportunities to take items from your car without being seen, they're looking for vehicles with unlocked doors and open windows and for valuable items that can quickly be turned into cash.

Police say there are several things you can do to stay proactive. First, leave valuables at home if possible or take them with you when you leave your vehicle. Make sure to close your windows, lock your doors and set your car alarm.

Police say criminals are looking for specific items you may leave in your car. The hot items include: cameras, computers, cell phones, compact discs, mail, receipts, purses, address books, vehicle registration, money, garage door openers, luggage, and book bags.

Social Security numbers, ID cards and passports are also sought after items, because police say criminals can use these items to steal your identity.

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