Wichita Falls continues to see car burglary spike

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - From May 7 to May 20 the Wichita Falls Police Department has received 35 reports of car burglaries and 45 vehicles being broken into.

WFPD Sgt. Harold McClure said none of those vehicles have shown signs of forced entry and 12 firearms have been stolen.

He said it has primarily been on the southwest side of town and the biggest thing he urges people to do is to lock their vehicles when they go inside.

"I cannot over-emphasize enough the importance of locking your vehicle," Sgt. McClure said. "That is just such a simple act that will drastically reduce the number of vehicle burglaries in our community."

WFPD is also using statistics from raidsonline.com to bring awareness. The website shows the most car burglaries happening on Saturday and Sunday, with the prime time being 9 p.m.

Sgt. McClure said the scariest thing from these car burglaries is the 12 firearms that have been stolen. He said he totally understands people having firearms inside their vehicles for protection.

But he said when you leave that car and go inside, you need to secure that firearm.

"Now these firearms are being taken," Sgt. McClure said. "They're in the hands of criminals."

He added that car burglaries are a low-risk-high-reward type of crime for criminals.

However, if you do lock your door, you are making it more of a high-risk low-reward situation for those criminals because they could attract attention to themselves when trying to open up a car door or breaking a window out.

If you have any information on these car burglaries, you are urged to call the police department at 720-5000.

State Farm agent Mike Morris told Newschannel 6 that if your car is unlocked, you are still covered by State Farm.

But he added if the car is broken into, only the contents of the car are covered through Home Owners or Renters Insurance. His suggestion is for everyone to lock their car.

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