The Southlake Police Department would like to remind residents to be vigilant about locking their car doors when at home or out shopping, especially during the holiday season.
Recently, police have responded to more than a half-dozen vehicle burglary incidents. Three of them occurred in the north parking lot of the Hilton Hotel and four of them occurred in neighborhoods. The neighborhoods where thieves struck included: Montrose, San Saba, Berkshire, and Canyon Lake.
As you know, the holidays are one of the most active times of the year for thieves to strike, especially when it comes to leaving valuables inside vehicles. It’s important to follow the Hide, Lock Take guidelines. Hide your things, Lock your car, and take your keys.
Did you know that in Texas, a vehicle is burglarized every 2 ½ minutes and a vehicle is stolen every 5 minutes? Those statistics are staggering and should also serve as a good reminder to follow the Hide, Lock, Take program.
Vehicle burglaries can occur in your neighborhood, at daycares, schools, parks and shopping centers. The thieves target drivers who leave their cars running or who leave purses and other valuables inside their vehicle while they make a quick stop.
Citizens should always lock their car and take purses and wallets with them even if they only plan to be out of their vehicle for a few minutes. That’s all the time it takes for thieves to strike and steal your cash and credit cards and victimize you again later by making fraudulent charges to those credit cards.
Remember to follow the “HIDE, LOCK, TAKE” guidelines to help keep you and your valuables safe. Lock your car, take your keys and hide your belongings.