POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 2:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 8:44am
BROWNSVILLE — Car burglaries and vehicle thefts are going down, but the Brownsville Police department is still receiving hundreds of reports per month.
According to Officer J.J Trevino, with the Brownsville Police Department, in 2010 about 300 car burglaries were reported monthly. Just a year later, the department was receiving calls between 180 to 200 car burglaries a month. Vehicle thefts have also gone down. In 2012 to date, about 86 auto thefts have been reported.
The Brownsville Police Department credits a multi agency task force that works together to prevent these crimes.
Part of that reduction in crime comes from educating and reminding the public.
Trevino says one of the best ways to avoid becoming a victim of a car burglary or car theft is to simply lock your doors. Officer Trevino says that it takes less than a minute for a crook to break into a vehicle and grab what they want or to even take the entire vehicle.
Another tip, any valuables you may have, hide them. Car burglaries are often crimes of opportunity, if a crook sees it and wants it, they may bust your window out to get it. Trevino suggests hiding your valuables; out of sight, out of mind. But hiding those valuables in your trunk or under a seat should be done before you get to your location. Otherwise a crook may be scoping out the parking lot, watching as you hide your valuables only to come break in just as soon as you walk away.
Stealing a car itself doesn't take that much time either according to the crime prevention officer. Some tips to lessen your chances of becoming a victim; install a car alarm. Another tip, invest in a steering wheel lock. Trevino says an anti theft device like either of those will almost always keep a crook away, because it's just too much work to execute a crime in just a short