Police in Temple need the public's help to identify a suspect wanted in connection to a recent string of car burglaries.

The department issued a photo of the suspect Wednesday evening and said they'll be increasing patrols around area churches and gyms where the burglaries have taken place. The photos above were taken from surveillance footage after the suspect attempted to use credit cards stolen during the recent crimes. [Click for Larger Image]

Anyone with information about the identity of this man is asked to contact the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-TIPS or (254) 526-TIPS.

Along with the photo, police issued a list of safety tips for citizens.

1: Ensure all windows and sunroof (if applicable) are closed and the doors are locked.

2: Take your keys. Do not exit your vehicle and leave running. Don’t hide spare keys anywhere on the vehicle.

3: Activate your alarm system; if applicable.

4: Always park in well-lighted areas and be familiar with your surroundings

5: Valuables left in plain sight provide an irresistible target for would be thieves. The most effective way to prevent an offense is to take valuables into your home or secure them in the trunk. Don’t wait until you park and leave the vehicle before placing property into the trunk. Potential offenders that see these actions will simply enter your car and open the trunk to steal the property.

6: Document the serial numbers for your property and/or engrave an owner applied number onto your property to help locate and identify it in case of theft.

7: Report all burglary and theft offenses to the police department as soon as discovered.

8: Be alert of suspicious people or activities in parking areas and neighborhoods. Report anything unusual to the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500 or dial 911 for emergencies.