The WFPD has reported an increase of vehicle burglaries in Wichita Falls.

While the Police Department didn’t give specifics, signs of forced entry aren’t present in most of the burglaries that are investigated.

According to WFPD Now, Take, Lock and Hide is the most effective crime fighting tool to prevent burglaries: take your keys, lock your car and hide your belongings.

The website also offered the following tips to protect yourself from falling victim to burglary:

Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.

Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.

Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.

Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.

Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

While there's no foolproof way to prevent burglaries, taking the time to lock your vehicle and remove property from inside will make you much less likely to be a victim of a burglary.