Burglaries Nearly Double in Amarillo Recently

Nearly twice as many homes have been broken into in Amarillo recently.

There's not one particular neighborhood, or side of town being hit by this recent rise in burglaries, but police say they're taking notice.

Since 2007, about five homes per day are broken into and burglarized.

Last week, that number rose to more than seven homes.

"If you have one burglar who gets particularly active he can very easily add two or three a day to your total, he could easily add more to your total," said Sgt. Brent Barbee with the Amarillo Police Department.

When a spike like this occurs police usually check to see if any career criminals have recently been released from jail.

And while an increase like this isn't normal, police are urging you to be extra cautious about protecting your home.

"It's common for the burglary suspects to knock on the front door and if no one answers the front door go to the back door," said Sgt. Barbee.

Incident reports say the burglars are finding their way to steal valuables any way possible

"A lot of people don't realize how quickly someone can walk into your garage, pick up something valuable and walk out."

While the job can be quick in the garage, inside the homes criminals are taking their time, and there's one item being consistently stolen.

"Commonly asked, well what are they taking, well the answer really is, whatever they can find, but I noticed that television sets seem to be a popular thing," said Sgt. Barbee.

The Crime Prevention Unit says writing your drivers license number on merchandise, and knowing serial numbers can get your stolen goods back.

For more on how to protect your home and belongings, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 378-4257.