NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Car burglaries happen every day. More often than not they are what police call "a crime of opportunity."
Your car can easily be burglarized wherever you park it if you forget one important precaution.
"We've interviewed actual car burglars that have been arrested," said Sgt. Greg Sowell. "We captured some on video tape. We see them go to car to car to the ones that are unlocked."
And once inside, thieves often find all sorts of good stuff.
"From laptops to wallets to jewelry to money," Sowell said. "And most of these things are left in plain view so they can be seen."
Motorists are advised to lock items in the trunk. SUV or pickup drivers should place items out of sight, or they shouldn't leave them in their vehicles at all.
Crooks want a quick and easy target mainly because modern car locks are so tough to break.
"The car manufacturers this day and time are making their vehicles more resistant to burglary and the public will know that if you accidentally lock your keys in your car it's harder for someone to retrieve those for you."
Car burglary statistics for Nacogdoches show the crime dropped 48 percent between 2010 and 2013. Don't be fooled. There were still close to 200 car burglaries in Nacogdoches last year. Now think about all the other places you may have parked your car, such as in big cities. The risk of car burglary travels with you.
"My final words are, 'lock your car,'" Sowell said.
According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles nearly 65,000 cars and trucks are stolen in the state of Texas each year, and thousands more are burglarized. Almost half of all vehicles stolen had the keys left inside.