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Corpus Christi Police Department Kicks Off Watch Your Car Month

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The Corpus Christi Auto Theft Task Force is making a big push to make sure people protect their vehicles from criminals as they kick off Watch Your Car Month.

Police are encouraging folks to take simple precautions to make sure they don't become another victim of auto burglaries. Police say that, over the last few years, the number of auto thefts have declined, but the number of vehicles that are broken into has increased. They are hoping some simple precautions can save drivers a lot of headaches.

"Auto burglary is almost a victim assisted crime. By you leaving your merchandise in your car, by leaving valuables in your car, you are setting yourself up to be a victim," said Lt. Chris White of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "If we can get it out there for people to start hiding their stuff in their car, taking their keys, not leaving anything of value in the car, then I think we can decrease the number of auto burglaries in this town."

Police said you should also not leave your garage door opener in your vehicle. That just gives crooks possible access to your home. They say put it in your pocket or purse when you park your vehicle.

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