Avoid Becoming a Victim of Auto Crime During the Holidays | Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

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December 5, 2014 | ABTPA reminds Texans to keep their parked cars secure while shopping and traveling

Texans will be shopping and traveling during the holiday season, and the Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), part of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), urges everyone to take precautions to protect their valuables and vehicles.

The year-end holidays offer opportunities for auto crime. December has seven of the biggest shopping days of the year, both for sales and shopper traffic. In addition to parking at the airport, travelers drive an average of more than 700 miles to reach their holiday destinations, and lower gas prices this year may tempt even more people to drive.

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ABTPA asks shoppers and travelers to be on guard against auto crime during this busy period. You should keep your vehicles locked and safeguard gifts. You should also remove other belongings that are visible in your cars, whether they are parked at a shopping mall, holiday movie, airport parking lot — or even a family member’s driveway.

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