Lorene Lewis was off running some errands Wednesday, but when she heard about how quickly burglars are breaking into cars, she thought it best to take her purse.
"I went to get my purse because I was afraid I left it right on the front seat," Lewis said of a her sometimes frequent habit. "I do leave it in my car often."
Patricia Carangi said it's easy to leave your purse behind when in a hurry. "Especially when I have to go in the store real quick, and maybe buy a drink or something at the gas station," Carangi said. "I'll leave it in the car and sometimes leave the car running."
Police said thieves know these driver habits, and unless you're in eminent danger, cops won't be rushing to your aid.
"If you're in fear in your closet we'll be there in a matter of minutes, I promise you we're second to none," police chief Art Acevedo said. "But if it's a property crime, the chances of you being on top of the list to respond, I apologize now, we have to prioritize."
Acevedo said the best way to deter crime is increased police presence, but there's not enough money to hire the nearly 700 cops needed to patrol a city this size.
Having multiple big events throughout the year which to continue to grow doesn't help either.
"South by Southwest, I love it, great vibe, I love it, but now it's going to how many days?"
"ACL now going to two weekends and every one of these things draws resources from the police department," he said.
The best advice to curb crime remains simple according to police. Don't leave your valuables behind, secure your car and your home, and thieves won't have a reason to break in.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early Thursday will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.