BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) After a string of car burglaries, agencies from both sides of the Red River are warning people now to be aware of this kind of theft.
Within two weeks, Bryan County has seen over a dozen calls about cars getting broken into, some with stolen property.
Colbert Police Chief David Peterson said of those calls, they have only had one person file a police report with them. He said without official reports or evidence turned over, it is almost impossible for officers to investigate.
"If you personally have seen something or know something, let us know so that we can come investigate it," said Chief Peterson.
Peterson said there are a few ways to avoid this from happening to you.
"Almost everyone that we've had has been taken from unlocked cars." Chief Peterson said.
"Number one way, keep it locked." Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said.
Even when you are running in and out of the house or store, Eppler said it is all about giving crooks the chance.
"It's like any other theft, it's a crime of opportunity, if they think there's an opportunity for them then they may take it," said Lt. Eppler.
He said the best way to prevent your car from being broken into is to be aware of your surroundings.
"Bad guys don't want to be seen and don't want to be heard, and if they can get up there and they can get a door open just by pulling the handle, then that's exactly what they're going to do," Lt. Eppler said.
Aside from keeping your door locked, law enforcement had a few other tips and tricks to keep your car safe.
They said to always keep track of what you have left inside your car. You can do that by taking pictures or writing down the serial number of items like your phone or laptop.
They said to hide personal items under a blanket or in the cab of your truck when you go from place to place, as you never know who could be watching.
Lastly, send in any surveillance photos or videos you have to police and always file a police report.