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High Burglary Rates in Amarillo

Whitney and John Chapman were at a softball game when a thief used a spark plug to cut the glass out of their passenger side window and steal their belongings. Whitney and John Chapman were at a softball game when a thief used a spark plug to cut the glass out of their passenger side window and steal their belongings.
Curtis Sinclair's business was broken into in the middle of the night... Though he had a security system, due to franchising rules he was not able to have bars on his windows. Curtis Sinclair's business was broken into in the middle of the night... Though he had a security system, due to franchising rules he was not able to have bars on his windows.
Cpl. Brian Thomas suggests parking in well lit areas or leaving the lights on at work, and having an alarm system. Cpl. Brian Thomas suggests parking in well lit areas or leaving the lights on at work, and having an alarm system.

Police are searching for burglars in more than a hundred Amarillo break in's committed this month alone.

A string of four burglaries last night is just a handful of almost 200 police are dealing with this month. Take a look at the number of burglaries reported yesterday alone. Police say burglars seem to be favoring businesses and vehicles.. Those victims we spoke with say they wish they would have taken the extra steps to protect themselves.

Whitney and John Chapman were at a softball game when a thief used a spark plug to cut the glass out of their passenger side window and steal their belongings.

Whitney Chapman says, "My first thought was my purse was in the car and it was not in the car anymore. That was my first thought, then my second thought was cancel the bank card and cancel the credit cards."

John Chapman says. "Everywhere you see they tell you to put your belongings under your seat or in the trunk, and that's what we did, it obviously didnt help."

Curtis Sinclair's business was broken into in the middle of the night... Though he had a security system, due to franchising rules he was not able to have bars on his windows.

He says, "One of their requirements is actually to be able to look in the stores at night, so we had to take the security bars off the window. I wish we had the security bars on the windows because it probably would have been a deterent."

Amarillo police say always take valuables and never assume because things are hid, thieves won't go looking for them.

Cpl. Brian Thomas says, "In the business take your cash draws out, take the money home, whatever you've got to do with it. Same thing goes with the auto burglaries, don't leave stuff in your car, i cant put that any simpler than that."

Thomas also suggests parking in well lit areas or leaving the lights on at work, and having an alarm system.

He also suggests having the police come out to inspect your businesses security level, for more informatin call 378-4257.

 

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