Lately in Frisco, burglars are not discriminating when it comes to make or model. It's opportunity, say police.
They ripped this section out to get to the stereo," Josh Waller said as he showed our crews the damage to his vehicle. He knows his shiny red truck is a target for break-ins. "The cops can't really do anything for you after that point."
"Our residents and our patrons are leaving their stuff right in the car," said Sergeant Gina McFarland, Frisco Police Department.
The city saw a 57 percent increase in car burglaries from 2005 to 2006, the largest increase they've ever seen, according to police. Most of the theft takes place in retail areas, where thieves are targeting what police call easy victims.
"It's nothing new to walk by a car a see a laptop sitting in the front seat or see a purse on the floor board," said Sergeant McFarland.
Residential areas have not been immune either. Rear driveways are giving thieves the perfect cover, because "[there's] less chance that they are going to be detected and they have plenty of time to look to see where their target is going to be," said Sergeant McFarland.
The police department has not only dedicated a unit to combating the problem, they've launched an education campaign to change habits.
Waller says for him, it's not necessary. It's a lesson he's already learned.
"You always have to have your guard up because anything can happen anywhere," said Waller.