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2009-07-02 / General Stories

Vehicles Thefts Up in Summer

During the months of July and August, more vehicles are burglarized and stolen in Texas than any other time of year, resulting in losses totaling millions of dollars for citizens. The Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), an office of the Texas Department of Transportation, wants to remind drivers that these crimes can be prevented.

The Texas ABTPA has been educating Texas drivers about how to prevent vehicle-related crimes since 1991. They have made great strides to reduce these crimes, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Now, even more, with the escalated priorities from our state and federal officials to protect the Texas-Mexico borders, we need to let Texans know about the gateway crimes taking place after vehicle related crimes are committed and what they can do about protecting their vehicle.

Vehicle-related crimes involve human, weapon and drug trafficking, and of course, jeopardize the safety and well-being of all citizens. These crimes affect all communities in Texas - from El Paso to Beaumont . . . Amarillo to Brownsville. Vehicle thefts and burglaries occur where citizens go — in public parking lots and on the streets where they live.

For more information about how you can be prepared against auto theft and burglar, call the ABTPA at 800-CAR-WATCH.

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