SAN ANTONIO -- Car break-ins have been a big problem at parking lots near the city's new bike trails, especially in the last month. While park police have added more officers, they're now calling on San Antonio residents for help.
On any given day, bikers and runners hit the trails of San Antonio. Leon Creek is one of the more popular ones. Bikers and runners said the trails are safe, but they exercise with concern never the less.
"I've noticed shattered glass, things like that," runner Joshua Cortez said.
Police said car break-ins are happening more often at trail-head parking lots, something the Linear Creekway Parks Advisory Board says took too long for them to find.
"Our biggest challenge right now is O.P. Schnabel Park," said Park Police Capt. Raymond Castro, citing the park on San Antonio's northwest side off Bandera Road.
Capt. Castro said at Tuesday's board meeting that officer are stepping up patrols, but in order to bring crime down, they need the community's help.
Tip No. 1: Keep your cell phone handy.
"We are asking the public to be our eyes and ears," Castro said. "Use your cell phone and call in anything that looks suspicious."
Tip No. 2: Never leave valuables in your car.
If you see anything suspicious at any of the 10 trail-head parking lots, immediately call 207-SAPD.