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CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Carrollton police say many of their residents are making their vehicles easy targets.

After a rash of vehicle burglaries in the Arbor Creek neighborhood, the Carrollton Police Department conducted an unannounced vehicle safety check.

Half of all the vehicles officers checked failed either because the windows were left open, property inside was in plain view, or because the vehicle’s doors were unlocked.

In fact, one in four vehicles checked were unlocked.

“You would think that is something that everyone does but obviously not so we need to try to get people to do it,” said Nicole Rodrigues with the Carrollton Police Department.

Burt Aguiler said his car was parked on his driveway in the alley when thieves went through it. He admits it was an easy target.

“I blame myself,” he said. “My wife left her purse in the passenger seat unlocked. Luckily, there was nothing valuable in the car.”

Investigators say they believe two men are behind at least a dozen vehicle burglaries in the past week in the northeast part of the city in the area of Arbor Creek Drive and Spurwood.

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