Denison Police warn of vehicle thefts and burglaries

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DENISON, TX -- Over the past two weeks Denison Police say they have worked more than a dozen vehicle burglaries, along with a couple car thefts.

Over the weekend several vehicles at Jac's Automotive were burglarized.

"Early morning I got a call that one of my vehicles were broken into, and they tried to steal it off the lot," Mize said.

Owner Susan Mize says the thieves busted out the window of a red Yukon and stole some parts, and they also took the batteries from two cars. A combined estimate of $1,200 dollars in damages.

"It's hard because you work everyday so hard to get what you have, and try to help out and to get it all of a sudden just taken from you. It's very hard," Mize said.

Lt. Mike Eppler with the Denison Police Department says there has been a recent spike in vehicle crime.

"Over the past 10 days or so we've had over a dozen vehicle burglaries," Lt. Eppler said.

Lt. Eppler says vehicles at businesses and residential areas have been targeted. Police do not believe all the burglaries and thefts are related. So far no arrests have been made, but investigators do have some leads.

"Some of the suspects we're looking at possibly being involved. Some are juveniles some are adults," Lt. Eppler said.

Mize says the two people who hit her business were caught on camera.

"Looks like they were on the lot for about three hours according to the cameras," Mize said.

Denison police say to protect your vehicle keep your seats and floorboards clear, leave your valuables at home, keep your windows rolled up and most importantly keep your doors locked.

"We've talked to people in the past that enter vehicles and steal things and overwhelming they tell us the reason they pick the vehicles because they were unlocked," Lt. Eppler said.

However, Mize is proof that even following those rules will not always protect you. That is why police ask residents to be aware.

"If you see anybody in your neighborhood, or maybe if you hear a loud noise in the middle of the night, or you may hear something or see something unusual. Go ahead and call us," Lt. Eppler said.

July has also been named "Watch Your Car Month". According to "Reduce Auto Theft in Texas" the most commonly stolen vehicles are Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks, along with Honda Civics and Honda Accords.

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