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DPS tips to avoid summer vehicle theft

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SAN ANTONIO – The summer months typically see an increase in vehicle thefts, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The DPS wants to remind drivers of the threat and has offered some tips to avoid being a victim.

Below are things you can do to protect your vehicle:

  • Never leave your car running unattended, even for a quick visit to a business or store.
  • Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage or in hide-a-key boxes.
  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked at your home.
  • When possible, always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas.
  • Install an anti-theft device that locks the steering wheel, column or brakes, especially if your vehicle is considered to be at increased risk for theft.
  • Never leave personal documents, vehicle ownership title or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Always keep valuables or property hidden out of sight or locked in the trunk.

The DPS said to report any vehicle thefts to police immediately. The department also said it is a good idea to keep a copy of your license plate and vehicle identification number on hand in case of theft. 

Click here for more information on vehicle thefts.