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Since November, there have been over 100 reported car burglaries in Las Cruces

Las Cruces police said that, since Nov. 1, there have been a total of 110 auto burglaries reported throughout Las Cruces. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

Nearly every day, there is at least one report of an auto burglary in Las Cruces, according to police.

Las Cruces police said that, since Nov. 1, there have been a total of 110 auto burglaries reported throughout Las Cruces.

Police said some of the burglaries could have been prevented.

Earlier this month, police responded to seven auto burglaries in one day.

Joe Saucedo said his daughter started her car and left it running in the driveway right before leaving for work.

Saucedo said when she came back nearly three minutes later, someone had already gotten inside her car and stole some of her belongings.

"By the time she came back, somebody stole her purse, with her credit cards, money and all that,” Saucedo said.

Jerron Roberts said she used to leave her doors unlocked; until someone decided to steal her truck.

"I have a carport and it was out in the front and it's a '74 Chevy. My neighbor saw it being stolen so he called me. I called the police immediately but police never found it. My son was driving home and he was the one that saw the truck,” Jerron said.

Police said people make the common mistake of leaving their car doors unlocked.

Now that it is getting colder, police want to encourage people not to leave their cars running unattended.

Sandra Gonzalez said she learned that lesson from her father.

"I turned on the car and walked inside, and when I walked outside, the car wasn't there anymore,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said her car wasn’t actually stolen. Her father had taken it around the block to teach her a lesson.

She said she now sits in her car in the morning while it warms up.

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