NewsChannel 11 Investigates: Blue Dot Mystery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/23/09

NewsChannel 11 Investigates: Are Residents Being Targeted by Burglars?

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By Nicole Pesecky | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Calls from concerned viewers prompted a NewsChannel 11 investigation. After experiencing multiple break-ins in the Tech Terrace neighborhood, Lubbock residents became worried they were being targeted by blue dots on their fences. So NewsChannel 11 investigator Nicole Pesecky set out to get to the bottom of it.

Residents contacted NewsChannel 11 after they believed their homes were being targeted with small blue dots on the back of their fences. They thought it meant they were next in line to be robbed. So could you be next for a possible break-in? We set out to get answers.

Garrett Shock lives in the Tech Terrace neighborhood. After two break-ins, he's trying to prevent becoming a victim a third time. "It concerns me because there are a lot of break-ins. This house that I live in has been broken into twice, and all the houses around and our neighbors have been broken into multiple times," Shock said.

After the latest break-in, his neighbors contacted him after they heard they'd been targeted. "If you had a blue dot on your fence that means your house is targeted. Someone is watching your house if you're coming or going," Shock said. 

However, Lubbock Police say that's NOT the case. "In my years of law enforcement I have yet to see criminals pre-mark their targets. That's just not criminal behavior," Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department said.

The blue dot spray painted on the back of the fences is marked directly over the home's water meter, and LP&L admits they're the culprits behind the markings, NOT burglars. "I do know LP&L uses blue dots for a significant and good reason many of our alleys are traveled a lot and the meters get covered up."

But residents say these meters are out in the open and easy to find. "I've noticed that the houses that have been broken into before down my alley also have blue dots on their fences," Shock said.

John Winker, owner of Tech Terrace Real Estate says this has been an ongoing urban legend, terrifying his tenants for years now. "The level of gullibility goes beyond these kids. It's neighbors that call me, fellow landlords," Winker said.

So if your back fence has a small blue dot one, it just means you can expect a bill from LP&L. "We don't think they are doing anything wrong. If the customer asked us to move the small little blue dot we'll come and take it off," Sims explains.

Police say there's no need to worry. . "It's not related to burglaries in any way at all. I don't know where it came from but it's an urban legend," Stevens says.

Lubbock Police tell us they get calls from residents every year who have heard this rumor. Now you can put it to rest. You don't have to worry about these blue dots being used as targets.

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