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Texans should take precautions against thefts

The Austin Police Department recently issued a reminder to residents that they should take extra precautions to guard against thefts during the holiday season. The holidays are a prime time for thefts, and police have offered several tips to make it less likely that people will become victims.

People should make certain that they lock up their belongings in their homes and their cars. It is a good idea for people who are shopping to place their bags in their trunks and make certain that their doors are locked. People should also not leave their cars running regardless of how long they will be away from them. Instead, they should turn them off, take their keys with them and lock the doors.

It is important for people to set their car alarms anytime they will be away from their cars. After people have made purchases, they should write down all of the serial numbers so that if a crime is committed, their property may be more easily identified and returned if it is found by the police.

Theft crimes can lead to serious penalties if people are charged and convicted of the offenses. People who are facing theft charges might be charged with crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Criminal defense lawyers who are experienced in defending against theft allegations might work to obtain the most favorable outcomes for their clients as possible. They might present mitigating evidence to the prosecutors in an effort to secure pleas to lesser offenses or to alternative sentences that avoid incarceration. The attorneys might also find problems with the state's case and use the issues to try to win suppression of the evidence and dismissal of the charges.

Source: Downtown Austin Patch, "'Tis the season for theft, robberies Austin police say," Tony Cantu, Nov. 21, 2017.

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