Auto burglaries and thefts affect over 250,000 motorists each year in Texas resulting in more than $1 billion in losses according to the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority (MVPCA).
Now through a program sponsored by the Insurance Council of Texas, the insurance industry and local police departments in the state are joining forces to combat those types of vehicular losses. In advance of the holiday season, 16 police departments across Texas are receiving 2,400 Lock, Take and Hide signs.
The signs offer motorists a simple message preventing auto burglaries and thefts. Lock your car, Take your keys and Hide your possessions. Police officers say the signs have two effects in warning would-be criminals that motorists are using crime prevention tips making it harder to break into vehicles and issuing a notice that police may be nearby.
ICT, together with program sponsors State Farm Insurance, National Insurance Crime Bureau and MVCPA are delivering signs to police departments in Corpus Christi, Richardson and Mesquite, Texas.
Cities work with local businesses and residents to place the signs in large parking areas such as city parks, shopping malls and apartment complexes. Police departments say the Lock, Take and Hide signs account for significant reductions in auto burglaries where signs are placed – in some cities up to 80% reductions.
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