_The Austin Police Department Auto Theft Interdiction Project is urging owners of large Chevy, Ford and Dodge pickup trucks to be aware that auto thieves are targeting these vehicles. Between January 1, 2012 and February 7, 2012 the City of Austin has had 61 large trucks stolen compared to 25 the previous year during the same time period
_Thieves are targeting vehicles in mall, shopping center, movie theatre, restaurant, and other large parking lots throughout the City of Austin.
Texas ranks 2nd in the nation for auto thefts. Vehicle owners can reduce their risk of becoming a victim by taking precautions that will make vehicles less of a target:
Take your Keys – Half of all vehicles stolen in Texas are the results of drivers leaving their keys behind
Lock your car. Approximately half of all stolen vehicles are left unlocked.
Never leave your car running, even if you’ll only be gone a minute. Many vehicles are stolen on cold mornings when owners leave them running to warm up or to get a quick cup of coffee at a convenience store. In Texas, it’s illegal to leave your car running. If convicted, you can be fined up to $200.
Park in well-lit areas and don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Don’t make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves.
Install protection devices – Visible steering wheel locks, ignition kill switches, fuel kill switches, alarms and vehicle tracking devices