Part of the tradition that comes along with the new year, is making New Year's resolutions. While some resolutions can be professional or personal in nature, KSAT Crime Analyst Eddie Gonzales is urging the public to resolve to lead safer lives in 2014.
Gonzales said everyone should consider making a record of their personal belongings, to help identify items, should one become a victim of theft.
“If you can, get a photograph of every room,” Gonzales said. “It makes it easier for you, the homeowner, if something should happen, you can go back and you can tell right away, what's missing.”
The most important aspect of that, is recording the serial numbers of firearms, as firearms theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the city.
Gonzales also suggested getting into the habit of double-checking that every entry into your home is locked, before going to bed each night.
“Your front door, your back door, every door you have,” Gonzales said. “Physically go and check it, to make sure it's locked, and this includes windows too.”
Finally, Gonzales suggested not leaving anything behind in one’s vehicle, as his last resolution tip for the New Year.
“Always think like this, don't leave anything in your car, that you don't want stolen. San Antonio has epidemic proportions of burglary of vehicles,” Gonzales said. “So you don't want to leave anything in your car, that you don't want stolen.”