EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.

Citizens of Waxahachie and anyone who shops or spends time in our city, the Christmas shopping season is upon us again and we always see a rise in burglary of a motor vehicle (BMV’s).  

You can help us curtail this.   

Please lock your vehicles doors and hide your items in your vehicle or take them with you when you get out. This is one of the most common offenses we see in Waxahachie and one that citizens can help reduce.  

Most, if not all, were items that were visible to the criminal while standing outside the victim’s vehicle.

I know you have heard time and time again to hide items out of view in your vehicle or take them with you, but some people are just not getting it.  

All the criminals have the desire and ability to steal, that is all they know. It is up to us to keep them from the opportunity.  

If you remember from my past articles: desire, opportunity and ability make up the crime triangle. The one we, as honest people, can have the most effect on is the opportunity leg.

Please, either hide your cell phones, GPS’, purses and any other items out of view or take them with you.  

These are crimes of opportunity and police departments all over the United States have to deal with it. I know it is our job to take these reports and some of the incidents are beyond the victim’s control, but better than 90 percent all those BMV’s were the result of some item being left in plain view.  

FYI-You can now text a tip to Crime Stoppers by sending your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) then type Hachie (space) tip.

Wess Winn holds a master peace officer certification. If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org or call 469-309-4410. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.