By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As temperatures drop, auto burglaries rise. Compared to last year there has been a 15% increase in vehicles getting broken into.
Shopper Jordan Brown says her parent's car had been broken into before and they lost several valuables. Even so, she had hundreds of dollars worth of stuff like a laptop and IPod in the front seat. "I guess it just slipped my mind just now because anytime we come out here, we're Good about making sure its hidden really well," said brown.
But that's all it takes. Since January more than 2,900 vehicles have been broken into. That number will get even higher within the next few months. "What we show is a peak in November and December when everyone's out shopping, they leave their bags out, they leave their shopping presents, they leave everything in the vehicle," said Crime Prevention Coordinator Kat Anderson with the Auto Theft Task Force.
That's what happened to Celia Palmers three daughters, and she says it's a common sight around this time of year. "At Christmas I see things like all the time where people put regular packages in the back of their car and I'm always thinking wow, that's an accident waiting to happen," said Palmer.
Walking around we found purses in some cars and one that had a backpack, a Halloween costume, and other things a burglar could have broken into and stolen. Burglars also target cars left running to warm up.
"Everybody likes a nice warm car and now that it's turning cooler we want to remind everybody that do not start your car and leave it running," said Anderson. It's also illegal to leave your car running in a public place with no one inside.
Anderson says the best thing you can do is hide your valuables, never leave a purse or wallet that is carrying things that could be used for identity theft, and to always lock your car.
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