Don't make your vehicle an easy target for would be criminals.That's the message from Texarkana, Arkansas Police who say vehicle break-ins only take a few minutes and the thieves search for easy targets such an cars with open windows or unlocked doors.

Authorities urge you to not leave valuables such as cell phones, electronics, purses or wallets, where they can be easily seen.

If you must leave valuables in your vehicle, conceal those items before you arrive at your destination.

Be aware that these type thefts lead to even more serious crimes such as fraud and identity theft, so limit the amount of personal information you keep inside your car. Record serial numbers of your valuables and keep them in a safe place (not inside your vehicle.)

Police say summertime is the worst time of the year for this particular crime. Hopefully you can avoid being another victim by using these common sense measures.