POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 8:52am
EDINBURG — Baldemar Garcia knows it can happen in a blink of an eye. He is a victim of car theft. His work truck was stolen in front of his house and the last place it was seen was crossing the border.
"They recorded the tags going over to Mexico, about an hour right after they stole it," said Garcia.
Investigator James Ramirez is part of Edinburg Police Department's Auto Theft Task Force. He said right now there are two current trends.
"They are taking the Chevy Silverado and the F-250s. They are using them for the transport of undocumented immigrants or narcotics," said Invgt. Ramirez.
Ramirez said most of the car thieves are young, normally in their early 20's or even in their teens.
"We are seeing the ones doing the actual theft are illegal. The ones that are doing it for narcotics and drugs. Nine times out of ten they are going to be illegal or undocumented immigrants," said Invgt. Ramirez.
One of the best defenses against car theft is making sure your car has a transponder. It's a magnetic connection between your keys and the ignition. If the car doesn't sense that connection from your keys, it won't start. This comes in handy if criminals try to use a screw driver to start the car.
Or you can just do what Garcia did and buy a 25 dollar wheel club.
"As long as it's on there, they can't steer the steering wheel," said Garcia.
And as always, the simplest reminder is to always lock your car or truck.