AUSTIN -- With thousands of people in Austin for the SXSW Festival, police warn that car thieves will be out in full force, searching for vehicles to break into.
Police say it only takes five minutes for your vehicle to be stolen and only two and a half minutes for your car to be burglarized.
Austin police have released tips on keeping your vehicle safe during SXSW:
- Lock your car and take your keys
- Park in well-lit areas or attended lots
- Don’t leave valuables in plain view
- Install protection devices
APD says if drivers took extra time to lock their cars, hide valuable belongings and take their keys, many thefts and burglaries could be prevented.