If you forget to lock your vehicle you may be the victim of car theft in Odessa.

According to NewsWest 9, the number of car thefts in Odessa has seen a spike in recent months.

Odessa Police Department officials say teens are going out during school hours and on school nights to break into cars and steal property in the car and/or the car itself.

The main reason for a lot of the burglaries and thefts are because more people are forgetting to lock their car, which is the easiest prevention against these thefts.