The Kern County Auto Theft Task Force is providing tips in an effort to help reduce the risk of vehicles being stolen during the holiday season — which police said is a time notable for its number of vehicle thefts.

Among the tips contained in a Bakersfield Police Department news release were:

• Lock your vehicle and park it in a well-lit area, and make sure its alarm is activated.

• Use a theft deterrent such as the steering wheel club or brake pedal lock.

• Don't loan your vehicle to people you don't know well, and don't leave it running while unattended. 

• Be aware of people who may be watching you when you park.

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