String of burglaries, car break-ins target Mount Bonnell

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As more residents and tourists visit Mount Bonnell this summer, guests are noting a rising number of car break-ins and burglaries.

Twenty-six crimes have been reported at the trail within the past month, according to Austin Police Department’s crime tracker data. Of the 26 crimes reported between June 20 and July 20, twenty-three of them are related to vehicle thefts.

If you expand that to this year, APD records how a total of 166 crimes linked to Mount Bonnell, with 157 of them reported as car thefts. This already surpasses the total number of car break-ins reported in all of 2020, with 141 vehicle burglaries and four personal thefts reported.

Recent park visitors have noted their experiences in reviews on Google, TripAdvisor and Reddit, with theft victims warning prospective visitors about the break-ins.

Dallas resident Tika Noyes says she drove four hours to visit Austin on July 14. Not even 15 minutes after arriving at Mount Bonnell for an evening hike, she had nearly $500 worth of damage to her car, and missing was her driver’s license, social security card, credit and debit cards, cash and purses.

When she called to report the break-in to Austin Police, she claims they told her this frequently happened in the area and that there wasn’t much they could do about it.

“I was really disappointed, I was discouraged,” Noyes said. “It’s one of the most peaceful places and that’s why I went there was to get some peace. Then I left distraught.”

KXAN has reached out to APD for further details on patrol operations at Mount Bonnell and related crime trends. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Have you or someone you know experienced a car break-in while visiting Mount Bonnell? Email us at reportit@kxan.com.

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