Rise in car burglaries, thefts in East Austin neighborhood

East Austin car burglaries suspects (Courtesy: Austin Police Department)
East Austin car burglaries suspects (Courtesy: Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is warning neighbors in Knollwood on the Colorado River of an increase in car burglaries and thefts.

Police say the incidents have taken place in the past two weeks in the East Austin neighborhood, located just off U.S. Route 183 and south of E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Surveillance video shows the suspects checking door handles in front of a home. Anyone with information on the suspects in the video are asked to call the Region 3 Tip line at (512)-974-8106.

The department asks residents to follow several safety tips:

  • Always lock your car, even when it is parked in your driveway. Car burglars will walk down the street checking to see which doors are open. APD says many car burglaries involve unlocked cars.
  • Do not leave anything valuable in plain view in your vehicle. It’s best to have valuable items already put away before you reach your destination, as burglars may be watching. Police say this is especially important when going to the gym, where many people leave valuables inside their vehicle before going inside. Schools and day cares have also become prime targets for car burglaries.
  • Never leave garage door openers inside your vehicle. If your car is burglarized, the person would then have access to your home.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended. Police say not only is this illegal under Texas law, but insurance companies will often consider this as owner-assisted auto theft.

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