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EPPD: Car burglaries up 37-percent in West El Paso; up 6-percent across city

EPPD Car burglaries up 37percent in...

EL PASO, Texas - El Paso Police arrested two suspects allegedly involved in a rash of car burglaries last week on the Westside.

Police spokesman Darrel Petry said one of the suspects was linked to 11 car burglaries at the King's Hill apartment complex at 299 Kingspoint Dr.

Petry said car burglaries are up 37 percent on the Westside compared to the same time last year. Across the city, car burglaries are up six percent.

"They're looking for easy targets. They're looking for vehicles that are unlocked, that are left unsecured, and of course if they see property inside the car, they know that buy looking at the car there's already something there for them to take," Petry said.

The property manager at King's Hill apartment declined to speak with ABC-7. 

"That's crazy," King's Hill resident Nayamka Washington said. "I'm definitely going to make sure I lock my doors and just be mindful of the people that are coming in and out."

David Saucedo, president of Saucedo Lock Company, said there's a lot of things people can do to prevent a car burglary. He recommends getting a car club, or installing a kill switch -- which prohibits a car from starting unless the driver has a specific key.

"First and foremost, lock your car. Then, you can start to accessorize and there's certain lock products that you can put in your car," Saucedo said. "Tinting your windows, parking deliberately under light, or parking deliberately away from other cars. Most of the break-ins happen when you park in between cars."

In a report released by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 2,213 car break-ins in El Paso County in 2015. The report states an estimated $1.7 million were lost due to motor vehicle break-ins in the County.

 


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