Tonight with Christmas gift giving in full swing burglaries are on the rise across Lubbock. And that's putting the Lubbock Police Departments new video surveillance system to the test.
NewsChannel 11 broke the story of Lubbock Police putting cameras in alleys to catch burglars earlier this week. Since the cameras went into place, four crooks have been caught and tens of thousands of dollars of personal property has been recovered.
But these cameras aren't the only safeguards we need to be aware of to keep our homes and property safe during the holidays.
"During the holidays there's a lot of easy targets for thefts, burglaries and criminal mischief," said Lt. Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police.
And because of that, Friday the Lubbock Police publically announced the video surveillance in Lubbock alleys.
"We did want to have them in place to have as much impact as possible during the holiday season where we do have a lot of residential burglaries," Stevens said.
Lubbock Police say through October of this year, nearly 3000 burglaries have occurred. And these cameras are designed to curb that criminal activity.
"They're placed in public places. They're not placed in any place that a police officer wouldn't have a vantage of viewing," Stevens said.
"If there's suspected criminal activity, then they try to match that face, if they get a good enough shot of it, to records that they have in the police department," said Mayor David Miller.
But in addition to the security these cameras provide, Lubbock Police say we all need to be vigilant this time of the year to keep our homes and personal property safe.
"The key there is to make it look like your home is occupied," said Stevens.
Police say, have the postal service hold your mail or ask your neighbor to pick it up along with your newspapers and packages.
"Leave lights on. They make timers that are relatively inexpensive that can turn your lights on and off automatically for you," added Stevens.
Hopefully keeping any would be burglaries away will make this time of year even merrier.
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