A rash of stolen cars and break-ins in Baytown have residents on edge.
Officials said just in the month of October, 55 cars and pickup trucks have been stolen and another 42 have been broken into in Baytown. Officials said that number surpasses the number of stolen vehicles in the entire month of October 2011.
"Most of the time it's for parts. A lot of the vehicles being stolen are trucks. Fords, Chevy, those types," said Detective Edgar Elizondo with the Baytown Police Department.
Retired State Trooper Ted Smith said he just bought a new Ford F-250. He said he knows the value stolen trucks can bring to a crook.
"By the time you break one of these things down, you can make a fortune off of them just by selling the parts," said Smith.
Smith said he had a metal plate mounted inside the door and behind the key hole, which helps prevent a thief from punching the lock.
"It's a great-looking vehicle. If someone wants my equipment, well, I'm not going to let them have it," said Smith.
Police said they also want to remind people to always be aware of their surroundings and to never leave valuables in a car or truck.
Anyone with information about the break-ins and/or thefts is asked to call Baytown Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS.