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Mesquite, TX - October 19, 2017 - The Mesquite Police Department is launching the Take. Lock. Hide. campaign to inform citizens about three easy steps they can take to reduce the risk of vehicle break-ins or theft: take your keys, lock your car doors and hide your valuables.
“It only takes a vehicle owner 10 seconds to prevent theft, and a criminal 20 seconds to break into the car,” said Mesquite Police Investigator Autumn Soto. “If everyone in our community would use a few seconds to make sure they’re taking their keys, locking their doors and hiding or removing valuables, we could easily prevent a good portion of our auto thefts and vehicle crimes. In Mesquite 20 percent of all our crimes involve theft of or from a vehicle, with 40 percent of those vehicles being left unlocked by the operator.”
According to national figures, more than 1.85 million auto thefts and vehicle break-ins occur annually. These crimes have resulted in the theft of more than $1.2 billion in personal property.
Local victims and advocates are also joining the effort to amplify Mesquite’s Take. Lock. Hide. message with their stories. In particular, a resident, a retail manager and a victim have banded together with the City to advise the community to save themselves a great deal of time and inconvenience by locking their car doors and removing any packages, purses, phones or other items that could attraction the attention of criminals.
The Mesquite Police Department is taking a leading role in this regional problem to reduce vehicle crime by meeting with various community groups and appearing at community events to hand out information and answer questions.