The Dallas Police Department Auto Theft Unit would like to remind everyone of a few tips to help prevent auto theft and burglary this summer.
LOCK YOUR DOOR.
This seems like a simple tip, but many people leave their vehicles unlocked and thieves looking for an easy target will walk through parking lots and neighborhoods checking vehicle door handles. Also, don’t leave valuables or extra keys in your car – especially not in plain sight! Leaving valuables visible in your vehicle makes you more likely to become a car burglary victim!
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE RUNNING.
Please turn off the ignition and lock your door when you exit your vehicle. Many offenses are taking place when people leave their vehicles running as they run in the store to pay for gas, to get a drink, or to let the car warm up. Whenever you exit the vehicle always turn it off and lock your door.
LOCK THE TAILGATE ON YOUR TRUCK.
Lately, thieves have been targeting tailgates on trucks that are left unlocked. Tailgates can cost up to $7,000. Save yourself the time and money by locking your tailgate. You can purchase tailgate locks at any part accessory store. Tailgates are not outfitted with an identification number, so it is a challenge to properly identify and return it back to the victim.
Call 9-1-1 to make a police report as soon as you notice your car has been burglarized or stolen. Also, be sure to call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles.
The Dallas Police Department relies on the solid partnership with our community to help keep criminals off the street. Please do your part by taking preventive action and spreading the word. You can make a difference.