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Police: Most auto burglaries committed through unlocked door, open window

By: Jesse Martinez
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- More than 80 auto burglaries were committed in the Las Cruces area over the past two months and police said the majority of them were crimes of opportunity.

Police said that in many of those cases, vehicle windows were left down or doors were unlocked.

These actions can make a victim's vehicle an easy target because police said many perpetrators walk neighborhoods or parking lots and pull door handles in the hopes of finding an unlocked door.

The Las Cruces Police Department released the following tips to help citizens keep their vehicles from being burglarized:

Park vehicles in a garage, driveway or well-lighted area.
Remove valuables (purses, wallets, backpacks, personal electronics, etc.) from the passenger compartment.
Conceal other items (CDs, tools, loose change, cellphone chargers, etc.) normally kept in a vehicle.
Close all windows and lock doors.
Remove garage door remote-openers from vehicles.
Install and use an audible alarm system.
Be a good neighbor and report any suspicious activity.

Police said that anyone who witnesses a burglary in progress to call 911 instead of confronting the burglars.