SAN ANTONIO - Some are asking for increased security at the Shops at La Cantera after multiple thefts were recorded over the weekend.
One man said his truck was stolen from the popular shopping center despite being locked up.
He's not the only victim.
According to San Antonio Police, five cars have been burglarized and a total of three vehicles have been stolen since last Friday.
Sunday after 3 p.m., Keith Waldrep said he parked his truck, a 2003 Ford F-350, in the parking lot near Nordstrom.
Waldrep said by the time he left the Apple store, about 30 minutes later, his truck was gone.
“My tool box was full of craftsmen tools and my bed was full of items,” Waldrep said. “Ford vehicles are what they are looking for. They can take a screwdriver, put it in the lock, get in and be gone in a short amount of time,"
He has realized Ford trucks are a commonly stolen vehicle because of how easy it is to steal one.
A simple search on YouTube yields several videos that show how easy it is even with the truck locked and the alarm on.
Waldrep’s Ford truck wasn’t the only one that vanished from the Shops at La Cantera this weekend.
“It’s devastating,” he said. “I contacted the mall and the police say actually three were stolen that day. A F-350 Ford, which was mine, and 2 F-250's,” he described.
KENS 5 obtained SAPD records that show eight vehicle crimes were reported at the mall in just three days.
Waldrep is pleading for the mall to increase patrols.
KENS 5 is still waiting to hear directly from mall officials about their current security measures.
“They do have cameras on the exits and entrances,” Waldrep said. “But they won’t provide me with anything. It’s only for the SAPD.”
“I believe security could be beefed up and this has been going,” he added. “It’s Spring Break, so you never know what’s going to happen!”
SAPD provided these tips for vehicle burglary prevention:
- Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you're away from it.
- Always roll up the windows and lock the car, even if it's in front of your home.
- Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight.
- Remove portable electronic devices such as smartphones and GPS navigation systems, including suction cup or bean bag type mounts. (Even the visible appearance of a suction cup ring on the glass windshield can be an enticement to a thief to break in and look for the GPS system.)
- Park in busy, well-lighted area.
- Don't leave personal identification documents or credit cards in your vehicle.
- When you pay to park in a lot or garage, leave just the ignition or valet key with the attendant. Make sure no personal information is attached. Do the same when you take your car for repairs.
- Install a mechanical locking device that locks to the steering wheel, column or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees.
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