Lubbock police say home burglaries on the rise - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/09

Lubbock police say home burglaries on the rise

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police say home burglaries are on the rise and no area is immune.

Last month every neighborhood in Lubbock had victims of burglary. But, as NewsChannel 11's shows you, even those who take precautions can still become a victim. "It's such a violation that you just feel dirty," Jill said.  

For her safety, this burglary victim has asked that we don't show her face or share her name. So we'll call her Jill.

On Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Jill says she left town to spend time with family. However, just hours into the joyous weekend she received a phone call her home had been burglarized. "Things that were my mom's things that my kids had given me," Jill said. "Those are the thing you can't replace," she added.

Jill says she had been burglarized once before, so she took several precautions to prevent it from happening again. Still in January, Jill became one of 326 Lubbock citizens to fall victim to home burglary. That's nearly double compared to the same time last year.

According to police crime statistics, home burglaries are also up for November and December. "The increase in numbers, it's just we got more people out there who are much more active. There is no indication that any of its gang related," LPD Sergeant Mark Wims said.

Sergeant Wims says often times thieves work in pairs and will check to see if you are home. "Chances are they will ask you some obscure question, ‘does so and so live here?', and then they'll leave," Wims said. "If you don't answer the door then there is a chance that you are going to be inside when they kick that door. So make a noise let them realize that someone is in the house," Wims added.

Wims says several different groups are burglarizing homes across the Hub City. Typically, he says it is either someone stealing to further a drug addiction or it's how they make a living.

However, Wims says there are things you can do to protect your home. He says make sure your windows and doors are securely locked and installing a security light system may also help prevent you from becoming a victim of a crime. "Something that is going to make some noise - what that will do is attract some attention and that's the last thing they want," said Wims.

Wims also says it is important to document the serial number on your electronics. He adds it is also a good idea to take pictures of jewelry and other valuable items. That way, if they are stolen, it will help police track your valuables. Wims adds you can also protect yourself by getting to know your neighbors.

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