Police see increase in area car burglaries

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

GAINESVILLE, TX -- Despite initiatives to prevent car theft, there's been an increase in area burglaries within the last few weeks.

We last reported that July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.
Companies like LoJack have created programs to help prevent car burglaries. Still, local authorities have been busy tracking down car thieves recently.

Gainesville Police Department say they've seen an increase in car thefts this month and the majority of them involve unlocked parked cars. Police are asking for your help to stop these thieves from breaking into vehicles.

To prevent these burglaries, Belva McClinton of Gainesville P.D. advises us to hide or remove valuables like navigation systems, Ipods, purses, wallets and phones and always lock car doors.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer Michael Green reminds us this is also a preventable crime in Oklahoma too. If you see a theft in progress, Green says to dial 911 or *55 in Oklahoma and follow a few simple guidelines when calling.

"Make sure you give your name, make sure you give your return phone number, make sure you give a good location and make sure you give a good description of the vehicle and what they did," said Green.

Gainesville Police Department asks for any information on thieves committing these burglaries.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
GAINESVILLE P.D. DIRECT: (940) 668-7777
GAINESVILLE P.D. ONLINE: FACEBOOK.COM/GTPOLICE
ANONYMOUS CRIME TIPS HOTLINE: (940) 612-0000
OUTSIDE GAINESVILLE: CALL 911
OR DIAL *55 IN OKLAHOMA


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    You did not mention VCR. I guess I can leave my VCR in plain view in the car.
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      by Far out, man. on Jul 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM in reply to
      Well, if you still have a VCR, you probably don't have much worth stealing anyway. It might be a good idea for you to leave your car unlocked, with the windows down. That way the theives can remove the leftover trash from the 80's, like VCRs. You might also want to throw a couple of 8-tracks on the dash to let them know you have cool stuff.
  • by John Q Location: Texoma on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Anyone that leaves their car unlocked with their "goodies" in plain view for a "five finger discount shopper" to see gets exactly what they deserve. Stop whining when you get up in the morning and find your stuff gone. Sooner or later the insurance companies are going to stop paying out for stolen goods from an unlocked car.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    This is also preventable in Oklahoma? Cool! I did not know that. I thought it was only preventable in Texas. Thank you for that valuable information!
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