Auto Thefts and Burglaries Spike in Summer Months

Published 05/29 2014 05:47PM

Updated 05/29 2014 06:15PM

By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- As temperatures go up, so does auto crime in Lubbock, according to the South Plains Auto Theft Task Force.

"Our rates do go up in the summer and that's because a lot of times people are in their leisure mode and they don't pay as much attention, said Kat Anderson, Crime Prevention Coordinator for the task force.

She says when you're heading to the pool or park this summer, remember thieves could be there too. Anderson says you can make your car less attractive to thieves by not leaving valuables inside.

"Don't leave anything that like your laptop, your cell phone, anything that can be sold for money, that's what they are looking for," said Anderson.

But she says thefts these days are not all about stealing material items, some thieves are after your information.

"The main thing we want you to do is take all of your stuff out of your vehicle. We don't want you to leave anything in there that didn't come from the factory. Your insurance cards, registration, anything with your name, address, they need to be put away," she said.

Anderson also recommends taking in your garage door opener, as it can give thieves easy access to your home.

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