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Car Theft, Break-In Trends Around Austin

Updated: Friday, September 13 2013, 05:58 AM CDT
This morning, police are still searching for a man caught on camera casing cars in North Austin near I-35 and Lamar. Break-ins are an issue police are dealing with across the city. But which where is your car most likely to get broken into and which models have thieves been after lately?

With more than 1,000 car thefts and 8,000 auto break-ins reported through August in 2013, you have to keep your guard up, but more so if you're in certain parts of town.

If you live in, work in, or visit anywhere in South Austin, along with North Austin around I-35, your odds of getting your car broken into or stolen are some of the highest in the city. Overnight, we dug into the numbers and trends. Heads up if you drive a truck, motorcycle, or a Honda: police say thieves were stealing more of those in August. But here's the good news: so far in 2013, car thefts in Austin are down 7% over this time last year, with break-ins down 9% last year.

Although it sounds like common sense, watch your keys and don't leave them in the ignition. APD says in nearly half of auto thefts, the thieves used the victim's keys to steal it. For more info on crime in your area, head to KEYE TV's Spot Crime Map:

Anyone with information on the suspect in the Highlands case is asked to call 3-1-1 or Austin Police.
Car Theft, Break-In Trends Around Austin

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