Tips to keep your car safe from theft this holiday season - FOX34 Lubbock

Tips to keep your car safe from theft this holiday season

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Take your keys, lock your car, and keep valuables out of sight.

Forgetting these three steps is why a car is stolen in the U.S. every 33 seconds, with an estimated cost of $6.4 billion per year, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Specifically during the holidays, these thefts spike, as Christmas shoppers are among the top targets, according to the 2018 NICB report.

"People are not taking the extra step to remove their belongings, lock their vehicles, and remove their keys. They leave it running to keep it warm and defrost everything because we're starting to see more of that," Jennifer Anderson, the crime prevention coordinator for the South Plains Auto Theft Task Force, said.

Other than keeping the car running during the winter weather,  Anderson said you must hide those Christmas presents in the backseat, or any valuables in the vehicle.

"Everybody is out shopping and they just want to skip a step, or they're going from store to store, leaving them in their vehicles for the next trip," Anderson said.

She said even if your car is locked, leaving items out in your car is an invitation to be the next victim of an auto theft.

"If you don't want to replace that iPad, don't leave it in the car. If it's your purse and you don't want to replace it, don't leave it in there. We have people that call up here and say -- I lost all of my medication, I lost all of my paperwork, and all of my valuables. I can't get it back until we get the car, and even then, it may not be in the vehicle," Anderson said.

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