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Jul 1, 2013 7:28 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

July is 'Watch Your Car' Month

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police say you are more likely to have your car broken into then any other crime. Because of that the Corpus Christi Police Department has designated July as "Watch Your Car Month."

The most common places where thieves are targeting vehicles are shopping malls, restaurants along SPID, and gyms.

When most people think of car burglaries they think of someone taking their laptops or even cell phones. But what people don't realize they could also be going after your identity, looking for anything like your credit card statement or even your insurance card. Your personal information is all over those documents and if you left a garage door opener in your car you have just given the thief a golden ticket.

"Not only did your car get burglarized but you also lost everything in your home that was of value to you," said Lt. Chris White.

Officers say the people breaking into cars know what they're doing and if you give them reason to believe you are good suspect they will target you.

"From the time they get up to the time they go to bed they're looking for something to burglarize," said Lt. White.

CCPD says the most common places to have a vehicle broken into are places most of us visit on a regular basis.

"You're gonna go out and you're gonna go to the mall, or you're gonna go shopping, or you're gonna go eat. It's those locations where you're really gonna have to think about protecting your property." said Lt. White.

So to prevent yourself from becoming a victim, police say think like a thief. If you can see anything of value inside your vehicle, so can a burglar.

"It's yours, you bought it, you worked hard for it, somebody shouldn't have the ability to steal it from you. So protect it, take care of it," said Lt. White.

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