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Lock, Take & Hide to Reduce Car Break-Ins

<br><br><span style="font-size: x-small;"><p dir="LTR">Wichita Falls Police say the number of car break-ins, because of unlocked vehicles, is on the decline but it's a different story when valuables are in sight.</p> <p dir="LTR">Police hope to drive down those crimes through education and technology.</p> <p>Here's Mechell Dixon with details.</p></span>

Many Texomans spend a lot of time in their vehicles.

Wherever they go their valuables come along for the ride.

Unfortunately, Wichita Falls Police say it's those valuables that catch the eye of crooks and they don't care what damage they cause to get what they want.

"It they see something in that vehicle that they think has value they're not above smashing the window out to get it and take off really quickly," says Wichita Falls Police Officer Jeff Hughes.

Police say it's a crime most people protect themselves against during the holiday shopping season, taking care to keep presents out of sight but police say that shouldn't just happen in the Fall or Winter.

It should also happen in the spring, when it's warmer and more people roll around with their windows down. But police say the problem is, when folks get out many forget to roll the windows back up.

That allows thieves an easy way to get inside to any valuables in plane sight.

So police are urge you to lock, take and hide your belongings.

And they have a new e-mail and text message alert service called Nixle to remind folks through technology.

"We can't do much about the criminal's desire and the criminal's ability but what we can do something about is the criminal's opportunity," says Officer Hughes.

And following this advice can lessen your chance of being targeted and steer down the number of car break-ins.

Mechell Dixon... KFDX 3 News

In addition to community alerts, Wichita Falls Police plan to send out crime prevention tips on the Nixle system, which is a free service.

If you're interested in signing up you can click the following link:

http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/index.aspx?NID=17

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