Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen speaks to a community member during an eviction assistance event. 

Driving a vehicle is the primary mode of transportation for many Houstonians and can provide a sense of freedom along with an efficient and reliable means of getting from one place to another.

But cars and trucks also can be targets for criminals - as much for the valuables inside them as for the vehicles themselves.

Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, whose office serves the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas, offers summertime vehicle safety tips for residents. His overarching guidance is to take your keys, remove your valuables and lock your vehicle.

Watch Where You Park

- Avoid parking next to pickup trucks or cargo vans. The truck bed and back of the van provide hiding spots for criminals as they wait.

- Avoid parking in dark or dimly lit parking lots or spots. The darkness allows criminals to conceal their location and avoid detection.

Watch Your Surroundings

- Stay off your phone while walking to your car. Talking or texting on your phone can cause you to be distracted and unaware of your surroundings.

Watch Your Stuff

- Keep all valuables out of sight while not at your vehicle. Visible items such as GPS devices, purses and wallets, phones, etc., can intrigue criminals to break into the vehicle to steal them.

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