SAPD: This season, crooks shopping for your stuff

Don't leave items visible in cars, plan shopping trips ahead of time

With more shoppers hitting the stores this holiday season, the San Antonio Police Department is reminding the public to exercise caution in area parking lots. 

Sgt. Daniel Anders, head of Prue Road Property Crime Detail for SAPD, said burglary of vehicles has become the largest issue in the Prue Road and Northwest areas, and tends to spike the month of December due to the larger volume of people who are out shopping.

Anders said the Interstate 10 corridor is especially problematic because of the amount of restaurants, shopping centers and retailers in the area, but residents in all parts of the city should remain cautious.

"The easier it is for them, the more frequent you're going to see it," Anders said.  "These are crimes of opportunity."

Anders said the public can help prevent becoming a victim by planning their shopping trips ahead of time and keeping items in your car and out of plain sight.

"So if you're going to get some cologne, or some small items first, then pick that high-end product last," Anders said. "So it's not sitting in your car while you're out shopping for other stuff."

Anders also said residents should be more alert during the lunch and early dinner hours, when vehicle break-ins are more likely to happen.

"Because we have a lot of restaurants, a lot of shopping, that's a convenient time for people to be out and filling up the parking lots," Anders said. 

According to the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes, and stolen every eight minutes in the state of Texas.

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