Police in Southlake want residents to help prevent car burglaries during the holidays.
The Southlake Police Department has begun a holiday safety initiative — Hide, Lock, Take: Hide your things, lock your car and take your keys.
According to a department news bulletin, the Christmas shopping season is a peak time for vehicle break-ins and other criminal activity, and in early November, officers had responded to several reports of broken vehicle windows and stolen items near shopping centers.
Residents are urged to never leave valuables in their car, but if they must, hide them. They should also lock the car and take their keys.
“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our citizens and holiday shoppers and to be as proactive as possible in reducing crime,” said Chief James Brandon. “Shoppers can assist us in our crime reduction efforts by being safety conscious and by following a few basic safety tips like Hide, Lock, Take. This one simple act can be a huge deterrent for thieves.”
In the department’s annual holiday safety initiative, “The Grinch” will greet shoppers in Southlake Town Square and hand out public safety reminders.