Park beefs up security after car break-ins - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/31/09

Park beefs up security after car break-ins

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By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Legacy Play Village will change their security measures after NewsChannel 11 asked questions about recent car break-ins at the playground.

"We were out playing at the kiddos end of year soccer party, and the soccer coach ran back to the playground and said somebody had busted my window and stole my purse," said Cindy Reyna.  Someone broke into Reyna's car in broad daylight, at a busy playground.

Some parents, like Heather Teague, couldn't believe this happened just feet away. "Knowing that there's that many people around is really surprising to me," said Teague.  However, it may not be as hard as you think. While parents watch their kids on the playground at Legacy Play Village, most say they can't see the parking lot.

Reyna says she wasn't the only victim.  She saw four or five other piles of shattered glass.  Police later found her purse in a dumpster, but the thieves took her I-pod and wallet. "Take your purse with you all the time. Don't ever leave it in your car," Reyna warns. 

Teague says she feels secure because of the surveillance cameras in the park, but that might be a false sense of security. We-C-U Security donated the cameras a few years ago because people vandalized the park at night, but they don't turn on until the park closes. "One reason was man power. It takes a lot to maintain those cameras 24-7, and another was we just didn't want people being able to log on the cameras in the park and see kids playing and stuff," explained Bruce Flournoy with We-C-U Security. 

After NewsChannel 11 brought the break-in problem to the company's attention, We-C-U and the park's Board of Directors decided to temporarily monitor the parking lot during the day as well. They hope to prevent a break-in from happening to anyone else.

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