More Residents Increasing Vehicle Security Due to Robberies

More Residents Increasing Vehicle Security Due to Robberies

By Alicia Neaves

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's happening all too often. Criminals are snatching people's belongings. Police say one of the most popular times is during the weekend.

These robberies are happening in broad daylight and these criminals will take anything. That's why residents install security systems but not just in their homes. Now, more are putting tracking devices on their cars.

"Before the theft side even, I think it's imperative just to have some knowledge of where your assets are," said Cory Hawes, the Vice President of Sales for Jam SkyForce.

Last weekend, five robberies were reported to Odessa Police. The weekend before, six robberies. Police say that's more than usual.

"A lot of them involve people that have been sitting in their vehicle or at a vehicle where they're robbed at gunpoint. Then the actor will steal the victim's vehicle," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer for Odessa Police.

More residents are taking action and beefing up security should they fall victim to a car theft.

"We have been able to make arrests in several of them. However, there are still quite a few that have still gone unsolved," said LeSueur.

Police say having a GPS tracking device on your car makes it easier for them to make an arrest.

Jam SkyForce out of Midland says lately more residents are utilizing the device.

"Especially lately with the downturn, you see a lot of people really stepping up to the fiscal knowledge of everything going on in their operation," Hawes said.

In the end, they say, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"By no means would it be the anti-theft device but it's a definite step ahead of the majority of the game which is the, 'I have no clue where it is,'" said Hawes.