ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Car burglaries- they can happen at your job, they can happen at the store, they can even happen at your home.
"Recently we have experienced quite a number of automobile burglaries throughout not only Angelina County, but also the East Texas region," said Lt. Brett Maisel with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
Maisel said this increase in vehicle burglaries usually occurs before, during, and after the holiday season. It's also not uncommon for a number of these burglaries to be committed by the same people.
"We do see small groups of people who go out and commit multiple automobile burglaries," Maisel said. "Our law enforcement agencies including the sheriff's office and police department have been working together to try to put a stop to this, and several arrests have been made."
One of the biggest arrests happened in December when four gentlemen who were linked to a string of several vehicle burglaries in Angelina County were charged.
According to Maisel, these burglaries can be avoided by simply just locking the vehicle.
"The time has passed for us to be able to leave valuables in our vehicles, leave our vehicles unattended, and leave our vehicles unlocked," Maisel said.
Another way for people to protect their belongings is by recording the serial number, make, and model of their valuables.
"One of the leading ways we identify stolen property that we recover is the identification through model and serial number," Maisel said.
When out in public, Maisel suggested parking near the entrance and in a well-lit area.
Should anyone see a suspicious vehicle, law enforcement asks to record the license plate number, but to do it safely.
"We would never encourage anyone to put themselves in danger, but at the same time, being vigilant is the best thing we can all do to make our community safer," Maisel said.
For those with any information on any of the recent vehicle burglaries, law enforcement urges them to call their local police station or sheriff's department.