DPS Offers Tips to Avoid Vehicle Theft This Holiday Season
AUSTIN, December 12, 2014 - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that the holiday season can be a prime time for vehicle thefts and is encouraging individuals to take necessary precautions to protect their vehicles from possible theft. Burglaries of vehicles are also a concern during the entire holiday season.
“DPS is urging Texans to make sure their vehicles and belongings are secure in order to ward off possible thefts and burglaries during the holidays,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “December is one of the busiest months for auto thefts, and during this holiday shopping season, it is important that any valuables in a vehicle are out of sight.”
In December 2013, 5,395 automobiles, pickups and motorcycles were recorded stolen, making it the third-highest month for vehicle thefts that year behind July and August. In addition, more than 13,100 vehicle burglaries were reported and $12.2 million in property stolen last December.
DPS offers the following tips that Texans can follow to help guard against vehicle theft:
If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. DPS also encourages individuals to keep a copy of their license plate and vehicle identification number on hand in case of theft, since police will need this information to take a report.