This holiday season, auto burglars will shop the easy way - by stealing your gifts, purse, wallet, packages or other valuables you leave in plain sight inside your vehicle. Every 2 ½ minutes, a vehicle is burglarized in Texas with its contents stolen. Obviously, these crimes escalate during this time of year when shopping increases and drivers don't take the necessary precautions to protect their personal items left in their car.
"We know that auto burglars scout mall and other large parking lots, waiting for the opportunity to break into a vehicle. Within seconds, they take your items, your identity, and, oftentimes, your car," said Susan Sampson, director of the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA). "Texas drivers need to understand that their careless actions actually help auto burglars and thieves do their job better."