ODESSA -- According to Odessa Police, almost 500 vehicle burglaries have been reported this year.
Odessa Police Public Information Officer Steve LeSueur said thieves target different things including bags, personal documents, weapons and spare keys.
He emphasized it is very important to always lock your vehicle and avoid leaving valuables in plain sight.
LeSueur added there are some things you should never keep in your vehicle.
“Do not leave personal documents, whether it is identification cards or anything that has your name/address, avoid leaving that in the glove box or the center console," LeSueur said. "Just take it out.”
According to Pew Research Center, only 1/3 of property crimes, which includes vehicle burglaries, are reported each year.
So far this year, 480 vehicles burglaries have been reported in Odessa.
“Citizens are encouraged to report all suspicious vehicles, suspicious persons, and all suspicious activity," LeSueur said. "A lot of people think they are wasting their time by reporting that. What they don’t realize is that when they report that type of behavior, a lot of those calls actually lead to arrests and prevent a lot of other burglaries from occurring.”
To see more tips on how to avoid being victim of a burglary, visit communitycrimemap.com.