APD trying to lessen burglaries

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice police are implementing a crime prevention awareness campaign, Leave It-Lose It, as a way to curb burglaries by educating residents.

"It's part of our Theft and Crime Prevention program," Police Chief Danny Bueno said. "We will focus on businesses and residents by handing out flyers that have been made to bring awareness."

Cpl. Michael Hinojosa and Cpl. Margarito Perez, as part of the Leave It-Lose It prevention program with the Alice Police Department, have been visiting with businesses in the area to remind their customers to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of view.

"We all sometimes take these things for granted," Hinojosa said. "It's a preventative tool to be aware of their surroundings and store their valuables and property."

Hinojosa said when shoppers leave their purses, cell phones or shopping bags in plain sight, it entices burglars to take the property.

"You are allowing an invitation for them to 'smash and grab,'" he said.

Participating businesses are asked to pass out flyers with preventative tips to their customers and display a sign with additional tips.

Any business wanting to participate in the program can contact Hinojosa at 664-0186, ext. 1451 or Perez at ext. 1450.

"It's so easy to lose your property when it's in plain view," Bueno said.

"We recommend that they put (their property) in the trunk of their car and put it in a safe place and lock your vehicle."