Burglary of Vehicles
Throughout the month of September, there have been a very high number of nighttime burglaries of vehicles in West Travis County.
Most vehicles were unlocked. The unknown suspect(s) continue to check vehicle doors and steal anything of value from those left unlocked.
The burglaries are occurring during the late nighttime and early morning hours.
It is imperative that residents lock vehicles and park in garages if possible. Don't make it easy for the criminals. Please, continue to be vigilant about reporting any suspicious vehicles or persons immediately by calling 911.
If you believe you may have helpful information, you can call the Travis County Sheriff's Office West Command at 854-9728.
And with that being said:
Take, Lock, and Hide so Your Car is Safe
A - Always lock your car, even when you will be gone a few seconds. Don't leave any window open or even cracked open, including vent/wing windows and sunroofs.Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it!
U - Unload your valuables immediately, including your phone and garage remote. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly never overnight.
T- Take anything that might tempt a thief: loose coins, docking station, loose cables, CD. f you have an after-market stereo/CD-player with a removable faceplate, remove it. Without the faceplate, the unit is less attractive/useful to many thieves, and harder to "fence". If the unit can be pulled, pull it!
O - Opportunity. Stop and double-check before you step away from your car. Did you miss anything that might tell a thief to take a second look? Remember without a clear prize in sight, a locked and possibly alarmed car will likely be bypassed for an easier "target of opportunity".
Remember - Take it, lock it, hide it - then stop! and check for opportunity. Your car will get skipped over, you won't be shelling out a deductible for your window, and nor will you be explaining to your wife why her purse and phone got stolen. (A cautionary tale from our own neighborhood)