LPD: Burglary prevention starts with your garage door
LPD Representative Sgt. Jason Lewis
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Lubbock police are offering some tips to help citizens prevent burglaries after a string of them were reported on Thursday morning.
A homeowner near the 4000 block of 109th street called police when she suspected someone was trying to break into her home after entering her garage. Police responded and pulled over a suspicious vehicle. They arrested Jose Calderon after discovering stolen items from other homes in the area.
Police say it's common for burglars to travel up and down alleys and look for open garage doors.
"All it takes is just a couple of minutes of you leaving your garage door open," Sergeant Jason Lewis said. "It is going to take them less than one minute to jump out of a vehicle, run in your garage and grab, whether it is power tools, a weed eater, whatever it is.”
He says it's important to take photographs of your valuables, including serial numbers. This helps in the process of returning stolen items to yourself and neighbors.
"Just by one person being responsible enough to just take some pictures, you may help us find six other victims that live on your same street, because nobody else had a photograph or had any way for us to link their property back to them," he said.
Police urge residents to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity they see in your neighborhood.
"Suddenly, someone unloads lots of tools or has five weed eaters in their garage every Wednesday, whatever the case is you think is odd, we want you to text that to us or whatever is convenient,” he said.
You can report that information to Crime Line at 741-1000 or text your tip to 274637. Remember to include the keyword LBKTIPS at the beginning of your text message, followed by a space. Callers can remain anonymous.