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Summer time increases auto theft

Chris Ray, Senior Trooper - Texas Department of Public Safety Chris Ray, Senior Trooper - Texas Department of Public Safety

Amarillo, TX - According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the summer time months mean an increase in auto theft and burglaries. 

Some DPS specialists said that 195 vehicle thefts occurred in 2014 alone. 

"Traditionally, the summer months are the time when people can get out and walk around," said Trooper Chris Ray of the DPS. "They're more mobile. They walk through the parking lot. They walk through the park, so the criminals know that's their target."

The DPS urges car owners not to leave keys in a running vehicle, lock the car, secure valuables and make sure windows are rolled up. Garage doors can also be a target if left open. 

"Use your common sense. That's the biggest thing. We find people don't do it. They're in a hurry. Same thing with leaving a child in the back seat. People get in a hurry and forget their child is in the back seat and leave," said Ray. "Now we have a heat issue with a child. Same thing with locking your car and securing it. Take an extra moment and make sure you get it done."

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