Home > News

Protect your ride and what's inside

Posted Dec. 11, 2018

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.
promotional graphic

If motorists aren’t careful, some of the best deals this holiday shopping season won’t even be inside the store — they’ll be sitting right out front in the parking lot.

The Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), a division of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, offers these simple precautions to combat theft and keep your holiday shopping season joyous:

  • Hide valuables from plain sight. This holiday season is already looking like it could be a cold one, so it may be wise to pack a blanket, which can also provide a great cover for gifts when you aren’t able to get home quickly with your purchases. Another tip that’s often overlooked: keep your cellphone cords and other device accessories out of sight. Burglars are willing to break a window or try a door when they see a cord because there’s a chance that a device will be in the vehicle.
  • Park in well-lighted areas or attended lots. Car thieves and burglars use the cover of night to avoid witnesses and detection. The same goes for unattended parking lots. If you have to do your shopping after the sun goes down, be sure to park in a well-lighted area. Be aware of your surroundings. If you’re alone and it’s late, consider asking the store security to accompany you to your parked vehicle.
  • Don’t leave sensitive documents in your car. A car burglar may take your sensitive information to commit identity fraud. Instead of keeping this in the glove compartment of your vehicle, keep it in your wallet or purse.
  • Never leave your car running while unattended, even if you’ll only be gone for a minute. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATMs, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when they are left unattended to warm up. Leaving your key in an unattended motor vehicle is a crime in Texas.
  • Lock your vehicle. While it’s the most obvious bit of advice, reports from specialized auto theft investigators indicate that far too many motorists forget to lock their vehicles. In some areas, investigators report that about half of burglaries and thefts are directly attributed to unlocked vehicles.

To learn more about how to protect yourself, visit the ABTPA webpage.

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News

Calendar

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Jan. 22, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. Jan. 22, 2019; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, Auditorium, 505 West Felix Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76115.
View the agenda »

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 22, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Jan. 23, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
View the agenda »

City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
View the agenda »

Park & Recreation Advisory Board: 4 p.m. Jan. 23, 2019; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76133.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Affordability, Inc. Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
View the agenda »

QuadCo Management Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
View the agenda »

Sedona Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
View the agenda »

Ironwood Crossing Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
View the agenda »

Active Transportation Plan Public Meeting: 6 p.m. Jan. 24, 2019; Central Library, 500 West Third St.

Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association Collective Bargaining Negotiations: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
View the agenda »

District 4 Caffeinated Town Hall: 9 a.m. Jan. 26, 2019; Heritage Clubhouse, 9536 Courtright Drive.

View the full city calendar and current meetings.