Car burglaries have recently been on the rise in Brownwood.
At least three vehicles have been reported burglarized or stolen in Brownwood this week alone.
Brownwood Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller said many of the cars that have been stolen lately are being taken out of town, which is of concern because it takes more time to recover the vehicles. For instance, two vehicles stolen from Brownwood were found on Wednesday near the border of Mexico.
Asst. Chief Fuller said there are ways for the public to avoid being "targets of opportunities".
"Always be aware of your surroundings and always be aware of your valuables. It's easier to see your purse under the car seat than you think. People will take their time to look thoroughly in your vehicles before they decide if they're going to smash the window or move on to something else."
Locking doors, rolling up windows and pulling keys from the ignition are simple yet important steps to take as well.
Asst. Chief Fuller encouraged people to get to know their neighbors so that there is someone to be on the lookout. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is encouraged to call the Brownwood Police Department at (325) 646-2525. Asst. Chief Fuller said he and his team appreciate any tips that come in.