SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Police in San Marcos are reminding people to lock their car doors due to a recent spike in car burglaries.
In March, police received a reported 55 car burglaries, which is more than three times the number the department saw in March 2015. Many of the cases are happening at apartment complexes where a lot of Texas State University students lives; but there are cases in single-family neighborhoods as well.
The thieves have stolen items such as: wallets, handbags, weapons, ammunition, cash, tools, credit cards and electronic devices.
“The best way to deter thieves from breaking into your car is to make it more difficult and less appealing,” said Corporal Laray Taylor with the San Marcos Police Department. “In many of these cases residents left cell phones and purses in plain view or left their vehicles unlocked, that’s why we’re reminding residents to lock it or lose it.”
Tips to avoid being a victim:
- Never leave the keys inside the vehicle
- Make sure windows are all the way up before locking your vehicle
- Lock your vehicle even if you are only going to be away for a short time
- Lock your vehicle even if it is parked in your driveway, inside your garage, or on the street in front of your residence
- Make sure to activate your vehicle alarm whenever you exit/lock your vehicle
- Do not leave valuables (i.e. purses, wallets, phones, cameras, computers, firearms, etc.) inside your vehicle even if it is locked
- Even if your vehicle is locked and alarmed, do not attempt to “hide” valuables under the seat or under an item of clothing in the vehicle
- If you have a removable faceplate on your stereo, always remove and take it with you. Do not leave it in the glove compartment.
- Report any theft from your vehicle immediately to the San Marcos Police Department. • If you observe someone acting suspiciously near your vehicle or in your neighborhood, report it immediately by dialing 9-1-1.
- Do not keep a “Hide-a-Key” in the wheel well. Burglars will look for this.