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Auto thieves targeting GPS, cell phones

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - With auto burglaries are on the rise, police are now saying what many of the thieves are targeting. Longview police say over the past two months 83% of the vehicles burglarized had portable items stolen, most commonly, GPS units, cell phones, and iPods.

Officers say the rising trend is not just in Longview, and are asking drivers to help reduce these burglaries by eliminating the opportunity for thieves.

"We're trying to get people to be smart about this with their vehicles," said Officer Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview PD. "Don't leave electronics in your vehicle or at least remove them from view. I'd prefer that you didn't leave them in your vehicle at all, and make sure your car doors are locked. If you can lock your car doors and remove those electronic items you can greatly reduce your chances to become a motor vehicle burglary victim."

Also, officers say in 25% of all the vehicle burglaries the vehicles were unlocked.

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