Auto thefts spike during summer months

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 6:36pm

Auto thefts spike during the summer months. In 2012, a car was stolen every eight minutes in Texas.

Longview Police Officer Kristie Brians says, " people leave their car running to keep the air conditioning on when they run back into the house or into a store. Unfortunately that makes it all too easy for car thieves to get a hold of your vehicle".

Longview Police have turned to social media to combat car thieves by creating a Twitter with the handle "have you seen my car" that puts out the information of stolen vehicles so the community can be on the lookout and have seen success with it.

Officer Brian has some tips for people to prevent their chances of being a victim to car theft. She reminds people to, "lock your car, park in brightly lit area, keep your valuables out of sight, and always be watchful".

The most commonly stolen vehicles are the Dodge, Ford, and Chevy truck atleast five years old.

If you suspect your vehicle has been stolen or you know of a stolen vehicle the best thing to do is call your local police department.

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