Austin police releases ACL vehicle safety tips

The Austin Police Department is reminding Austinites and those traveling in for the Austin City Limits music festival about keeping their cars and belongings safe during the festival.

According to a release, APD's Auto Theft Interdiction Project is reminding citizens that car thieves will be "scouting parked vehicles, looking for items to steal while individuals are enjoying the music events."

APD says thieves will break into keypad entry and keyless entry cards "because owners are more likely to leave their ignition or valet key locked inside."

"Vehicular crime is a crime of opportunity and by taking away this opportunity, you can minimize the chances of becoming a victim," APD said.

APD provides the following tips to help minimize the chances of your car being broken into during ACL:

  • Lock your car and take your keys, especially if you have a keypad or key-less entry. 
  • Park in well-lit areas or attended lots.
  • Take a picture of where you parked to avoid confusion when you’re ready to go home.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view (purses/wallets, cell phones, keys, laptops, electronics, money, jewelry garage door opener, etc.)
  • Never leave your ID or personal documents inside unattended.
  • If you must lock valuables inside, move them to the trunk, glove-box, or out of sight BEFORE you arrive and park.

    "It only takes three minutes for your vehicle to be burglarized or stolen. It takes less than a minute to steal the car if a key is locked inside."

    — Austin Police Department

    APD also provides these tips for general safety when going into ACL:

    • Don’t talk or text while driving, unless it’s hands-free, and don’t drive distracted. There are a lot of pedestrians, barricades, and narrowed lanes around the event.
    • Watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.
    • Once you’re walking, don’t walk distracted! Keep your eyes on others who may want to grab your purse or phone while you’re unaware of surroundings.  
    • Use crosswalks, obey traffic signals and don’t cross over barricades.
    • Watch out for the cars on the road who may not be watching for you.